Gilles in Cuba – Part Two

Gilles Peterson releases Havana Cultura: The Search Continues on November 14th. It’s the second instalment in his series on contemporary Cuban music, and a great introduction to upcoming artists from this highly musical island.

Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura: The Search Continues contains artists featured on the first release – such as Roberto Fonseca and Danay Suarez – as well as many new names. It’s a double CD, with each CD reflecting a different side of contemporary Cuban music. CD1 finds Gilles in the producer’s chair, overseeing contributions from people such as Roberto Fonseca, Edrey (from Ogguere), Francis del Rio, Los Aldeanos, El Tipo Este (from Obsesión) and sisters Telmary and Danay Suarez, as well as a variety of new faces. The idea is to show Cuban music in all it’s current glory, giving an authentic taste of the current music scene in Havana.

CD2 features upcoming artists such as Djoyvan, Afrikun, Kola Loka and the Creole Choir of Cuba, as well as exclusive tracks from Danay Suarez, Edgaro “El Productor en Jefe” and El Tipo Este. The focus is on finding those points where modern genres such as reggaeton, dancehall and hip-hop meet traditional and contemporary Cuban styles, and then head off into their own modern hybrid.

You can see the complete version of this video at the Havana Cultura website:

Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura: The Search Continues will be released on November 14th by Brownswood Recordings. The album is currently available for pre-order through Amazon. Here’s a little taster from the album.

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