Havana Cultura - Gilles Peterson (5 stars)

Havana Cultura - Gilles Peterson

(Brownswood Recordings)

Club DJ Gilles Peterson follows the footsteps of Cuban bandleader Juan de Marcos González whose DM Ahora label introduced the newest generation of Cuban musicians to the world, notably the Interactivo collective and female hip hop singer Telmary. Working with ace pianist of the moment Roberto Fonseca and his band, Peterson brokers a wider picture adding in classics like ‘Chekere Son’ to an exhilerating 28 track sequence involving 20 artists including hip hop duo Obsesión, Interactivo rapper Kumar, Yusa, Doble Filo and his own ‘discovery’ Danay. To hear the cutting edge of Havana – a rich fusion of Afro-Cuban sounds, hip hop and jazz – look no further.

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