Origin: Cuba / Mali
The AfroCubism project was born from the mind of producer Nick Gold in the mid-1990s. At the time, a host of top-notch singers and instrumentalists from Mali were slated to travel to Havana to collaborate with Cuba's finest musicians. For reasons which have never been established, the Africans did not take the trip but the Cubans went on to record all the same-the sessions spawned the successful Buena Vista Social Club album. Some 14 years later, Gold revived his original idea and invited star players from both Cuba (including Eliades Ocha on voice and guitar) and Mali (featuring Toumani Diabaté on kora, Bassekou Kouyaté on ngoni and Baba Sissoko on talking drum) to the studio. Helmed by sound engineer Jerry Boys, two fecund Madrid recording sessions produced more than enough material to fill a self-titled album, released in October 2010.
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