by Afrocubism


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The great world music album that-never-was has finally been realised. The project that became the Buena Vista Social Club has borne its own extraordinary fruit.

In 1996, a group of Mali's finest musicians were due to fly into Havana for a speculative collaboration with some of Cuba's most brilliant singers and instrumentalists. For reasons that have never been made clear, the Malians never arrived. A very different album was recorded: The Buena Vista Social Club. The rest, as they say, is multi-million selling history.

But what about that original album? What riches might have been revealed in the interaction of virtuosi from one of Africa's most musically rich territories, and from Cuba whose music has origins in Africa, and has been hugely influential on the mother continent?

Now we have the opportunity to find out. World Circuit Records' Nick Gold, the man behind the 1996 venture, finally brought the original invitees together with a stellar line-up of additional talent at a series of inspirational sessions and the great lost Afro-Cuban album has been released fourteen years after originally planned.

Fronting the Cuban team is the cowboy-hatted singer and guitarist Eliades Ochoa, singer of the great Buena Vista theme "Chan Chan." The two original Malian invitees are multi award-winning ngoni lute master Bassekou Kouyate and the extraordinary Rail Band guitarist Djelimady Tounkara, both universally agreed to be among the world's great instrumentalists. Joining them are Eliades' Grupo Patria, amongst Cuba's longest running and most revered bands, the mercurial kora genius Toumani Diabaté, legendary Malian griot singer Kasse Mady Diabaté and the innovatory balafon player Lassana Diabaté.

"It was as though the musicians had been holding back their ideas and energy for that moment," says Gold, who produced the album, with the great Buena Vista engineer Jerry Boys at his side. "After we'd waited so long, it all came together remarkably easily and spontaneously. The group had never played together before but the music just poured out and it continued to flow over the next few days." Seventeen songs were recorded in five days, with all the musicians playing together 'live' in one large room. A second session was convened some months later and produced a further nine songs.

The title AfroCubism is advised. This is an album that throws the elements of Cuban and African music in the air and lets them fall in entrancing new patterns. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2010
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597978094
catalogNumber: 525993

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Afrocubism   Primary Artist
Eliades Ochoa   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Djelimady 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
Baba Sissoko   talking drum
Gabriel Fonseca   Violin
Fatoumata Diawara   Choir, Chorus
Alberto "Virgilio" Valdés   Maracas,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
Djelimady Tounkara   Composer
Toumani Diabaté   Composer
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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