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Afreecanos
     

Afreecanos

by Omar Sosa
 
With every passing year, pianist Omar Sosa continues to define what contemporary world music can be. Each effort is quite different than the previous one, while the bright colors, timbres, and elements of his Cuban-based music are elevated higher and higher. In his restlessness to find further truth and beauty, there's a calm serenity and unabashed confidence in his

Overview

With every passing year, pianist Omar Sosa continues to define what contemporary world music can be. Each effort is quite different than the previous one, while the bright colors, timbres, and elements of his Cuban-based music are elevated higher and higher. In his restlessness to find further truth and beauty, there's a calm serenity and unabashed confidence in his vision and personal musicianship. For Afreecanos, Sosa uses artists from every portion of the globe except Australia and Canada, though some have lived there, too. They include fellow Cubans Orestes Vilató on timbales and flutist/saxophonist Leandro Saint-Hill; trumpeters Bill Ortiz (U.S.A.) and Stephane Belmondo (France); Africans Mola Sylla, Fanta and Baba Sissoko, and (from Morocco) violinist Mohamed Soulimane -- as well as Brazilian vocalists and the American-based bata player Michael Spiro. As you can imagine, this melting pot of rhythmic, vocal, and instrumental sound blends into a potpourri that makes refreshingly new music within ritual and traditional frameworks. There are many highlights: the heavy staccato-laden worldbeat groove blues of "Ollú," the jazz-oriented horn charts and singsong or harder-edged but lighthearted "D'Son" and "Tres Negroes," the effortless and funky African-derived "Tumborum," the flute-fronted oceanic-cum-Yoruban "Light in the Sky," and the sorrowful, more question than answer-oriented "Why Anga?," for the late conga player Miguel "Angá" Diaz, who played with Sosa up until his untimely passing. You'll hear straight African chants, spirit songs, and a ballad or two, the 21-stringed kora featured on the entirely beautiful "Iyade," and an occasional piano interlude from Sosa. As time goes by, with his music featuring fully developed progress-oriented themes, you notice less of Sosa as an individual voice and more in an image as a team player or village chieftain. In fact, the group singing is more prevalent than his individual playing. Omar Sosa continues to make brilliant music where the natural and spiritual meet the contemporary. He continues to set the bar further up into the stratosphere, and one can only imagine how far he's going to reach. This is a major artist on the international scene who all should be paying close attention to.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2008
Label:
Ota Records
UPC:
0616444101922
catalogNumber:
1019
Rank:
173646

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Omar Sosa   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Maracas,Marimbas,Background Vocals,Bells,Balafon,Chekere,Vibes,Guiro,fender rhodes,Finger Snapping,Wood Block,Calebasse
Julio Barreto   Drums
Stephane Belmondo   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,finger cymbals
Lazaro Galarraga   Vocals,Background Vocals,Bata,Bata Drums
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Michael Spiro   Bata
Orestes Vilató   Timbales
Steve Arguelles   Background Vocals,Sampling,Chekere,Finger Snapping,electronics
Jorge Alabe   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Agogo,Rums
Mola Sylla   Vocals,Background Vocals,Bamboo Flute,Calebasse,Kongoma
Pancho Quinto   Sampling
Lionel Belmondo   Bamboo Flute
Christophe "Disco" Minck   Guitar,Sitar,Kamalngoni,Ngoni
Mamani Keita   Vocals
Leandro Saint-Hill   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Angá Diaz   Sampling
Mohamed Soulimane   Violin,Bendir
Ali Boulo Santo   Kora
Baba Sissoko   talking drum,Ngoni
Childo Tomas   Electric Bass,Background Vocals,Kalimba,Foot Stomping

Technical Credits

Bruce Keen   Engineer
Scott Price   Executive Producer
Willard Jenkins   Liner Notes
Steve Arguelles   Producer,Engineer
Omar Sosa   Arranger,Composer
Mola Sylla   Composer
Mamani Keita   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Baba Sissoko   Composer
Greg Landau   Engineer

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