AfroCubism

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Cast your mind back to 1996 for a moment. A group of old-school Cuban musicians are assembled -- with some help from Ry Cooder -- for a recording intended to introduce the rest of the world to classic Cuban music. The resulting Buena Vista Social Club album -- aided by a documentary about the process -- becomes a worldwide phenomenon, inspiring an unprecedented degree of interest not only in Cuban music, but international music of all kinds. A brilliant idea works out perfectly, right? Sure, except that this wasn't actually the original plan. Initially, World Circuit Records' producer Nick Gold had planned for Cooder and the Cubans to be joined by lute player Bassekou Kouyate ...
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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Cast your mind back to 1996 for a moment. A group of old-school Cuban musicians are assembled -- with some help from Ry Cooder -- for a recording intended to introduce the rest of the world to classic Cuban music. The resulting Buena Vista Social Club album -- aided by a documentary about the process -- becomes a worldwide phenomenon, inspiring an unprecedented degree of interest not only in Cuban music, but international music of all kinds. A brilliant idea works out perfectly, right? Sure, except that this wasn't actually the original plan. Initially, World Circuit Records' producer Nick Gold had planned for Cooder and the Cubans to be joined by lute player Bassekou Kouyate and guitarist Djelimady Tounkara, two of Mali's finest musicians. At the last minute, the Malians were unable to secure visas to travel to Cuba for the session, and the agenda was re-jiggered. Fast-forward 16 years into the future -- the plans for that original Cuban/Malian crossover are finally realized with the recording of Afrocubism. And this time, not only are Kouyate and Tounkara on hand, interacting with an all-star cast of Cuban players like singer/guitarist Eliades Ochoa and percussionist Jorge Maturell, but there's an additional batch of Mali's finest, including renowned kora master Toumani Diabaté and innovative balafon player Lassana Diabaté (no relation to Toumani). But Afrocubism shouldn't be viewed as some sort of alternative-universe version of Buena Vista Social Club -- it has its own very singular sonic identity. The most immediately striking element is the way the tumbling riffs of the Malians -- particularly Kouyate and both Diabatés -- seem to fall so naturally into the percolating Cuban polyrhythms underlined by Maturell and elaborated upon by Ochoa. There's a lot of listening going on in both camps, and an obvious musical empathy between them. Whether they're playing more Malian-leaning compositions like Djelimady's "Nima Diyala" (where Lassana makes amazing use of dual balafons tuned a semitone apart) or a Cuban classic like the late Beny Moré's "La Culebra," the Afrocubism ensemble puts a whole new slant on the "Afro-Cuban" tag, making for a true musical meeting of minds between the two cultures.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597978094
  • Catalog Number: 525993
  • Sales rank: 35,703

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mali Cuba (5:38)
  2. 2 Al Vaivén De Mi Carreta (5:00)
  3. 3 Karamo (6:55)
  4. 4 Djelimady Rumba (3:10)
  5. 5 La Culebra (3:33)
  6. 6 Jarabi (5:57)
  7. 7 Eliades Tumbao 27 (1:16)
  8. 8 Dakan (2:14)
  9. 9 Nima Diyala (3:36)
  10. 10 A La Luna Yo Me Voy (3:59)
  11. 11 Mariama (4:00)
  12. 12 Para Los Pinares Se Va Montoro (4:13)
  13. 13 Benséma (4:57)
  14. 14 Guantanamera (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Afrocubism Primary Artist
Eliades Ochoa Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Djali Madi Tounkara Electric Guitar
Toumani Diabaté Kora
Kassé-Mady Diabaté Vocals
Bassekou Kouyate Ngoni
Eglis Ochoa Maracas, Choir, Chorus, Guiro
Osnel Odit Acoustic Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Fodé Lassana Diabaté Balafon
Virgilio Valdes Maracas, Choir, Chorus
Baba Sissoko talking drum
Gabriel Fonseca Violin
Fatoumata Diawara Choir, Chorus
Alain a. Dragoni Trumpet
José Ángel Martínez Double Bass
Jorge Maturell Bongos, Conga, cowbell
Jesús Bello Díaz Choir, Chorus
Luis Bargaza Choir, Chorus
Lennis Lara Trumpet
Technical Credits
Joseíto Fernandez Composer
Ñico Saquito Composer
Jerry Boys Engineer
Lucy Duran Song Notes, Song Transcriptions
Nick Gold Producer
Eduardo Llerenas Song Notes, Song Transcriptions
Eliades Ochoa Composer
Djali Madi Tounkara Composer
Toumani Diabaté Composer
Tom Leader Mastering
Mary Farquharson Song Notes, Song Transcriptions
Kassé-Mady Diabaté Composer
Bassekou Kouyate Composer
Lorenzo Hierrezuelo Composer
Francisco Repilado Composer
Fodé Lassana Diabaté Song Notes, Song Transcriptions
Baba Sissoko Composer
Benny Moré Composer
Boubacar Mama Keita Song Notes, Song Transcriptions
Grisel Maria Song Notes, Song Transcriptions
Wilfred Willey Song Notes, Song Transcriptions
Violet Diallo Song Notes, Song Transcriptions
Sande Figueiredo Song Notes, Song Transcriptions
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