Prietos

Prietos

by Omar Sosa
     
 

Pianist Omar Sosa and his band fuse divergent musical influences on the CD Prietos. Sounds from Morocco, Ecuador, Venezuela, Ivory Coast, Brazil, the United States, and Burkina Faso coalesce with musical sensibilities from Sosa's homeland of Cuba. Especially striking on Prietos is the intertwining of hip-hop verse with traditional sounding Yoruban lyricsSee more details below

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Pianist Omar Sosa and his band fuse divergent musical influences on the CD Prietos. Sounds from Morocco, Ecuador, Venezuela, Ivory Coast, Brazil, the United States, and Burkina Faso coalesce with musical sensibilities from Sosa's homeland of Cuba. Especially striking on Prietos is the intertwining of hip-hop verse with traditional sounding Yoruban lyrics and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Though the contrast between the urban U.S. art form and the time-honored Cuban tradition may appear to be bit incongruous, Sosa and his crew of talented musicians make it flow on such tunes as "Takes a Second." A bevy of instruments -- including Moroccan qarqabas and bendirs, Venezuelan tambor redondos and quitiplas, and Brazilian berimbaus -- add layers of ear-catching textures to the standard Latin big-band sound. Prietos, which means "dark" in Spanish, is a coherent CD that combines music from Africa and the Africa Diaspora without coming across as contrived or forced. It's a testament to the African experience in the New World, and a product of Sosa's creative approach to music making.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
Label:
Ota Records
UPC:
0616444100826
catalogNumber:
1008
Rank:
294645

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Omar Sosa   Primary Artist,Piano,Timbales,Vocals
John Santos   Timbales,Berimbau,Cajon,Guiro,Waterphone,Udu,Bata Drums
María Márquez   Vocals
Robbie Kwock   Trumpet
Yassir Chadly   Vocals,Hand Clapping,Gimbri,Qarqaba
Geoff Brennan   Acoustic Bass
Sheldon Brown   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Carlos Avila   Muted Trumpet
Nestor Zurita   Alto Saxophone
Harouna Dembélé   Djembe
Aly Keita   Balafon

Technical Credits

John Cuniberti   Mastering
Scott Price   Executive Producer
David Frazer   Contributor
Dan Alexander   Engineer
Omar Sosa   Producer,Liner Notes
Nicholas Mizrachi   Engineer
Rodolfo Böhmwald   Engineer

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