Post-geographic Tropical

Mali-Cuba Sandwich

Hey, so here’s something awesome. Released yesterday November 2 on Nonesuch, a who’s who of artists from Mali and Cuba recorded an album/supergroup called AfroCubism – the heir apparant to The Buena Vista Social Club.Apparently producer Nick Cave’s original plan was to book Malian players to come record with Cuban ones, but they never made and instead recorded the now classic album of Cuban locals. But this new one is a great kind of cultural mash-up, because it relies not on the high minded cosmopolitanism of Western/Modern influence, but instead has people with lifetimes of experience in their fields playing and inventing something new. The gang is playing in NYC on Tuesday, by the way. Here’s who’s in on the project:

Eliades Ochoa – acoustic guitar & vocals
Djelimady Tounkara – electric guitar
Toumani Diabaté – kora
Bassekou Kouyaté – ngoni
Kasse Mady Diabaté – vocals
Lassana Diabaté – balafon
José A. Martinez – double bass
Jorge Maturell – bongos & congas
Osnel Odit – guitar
Eglis Ochoa – maracas
Lennis Lara – trumpet
Alain A. Dragonit – trumpet
Baba Sissoko – tama

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