Chillum Trio Feat. Coki & Yeni - Yemaya (Havana Cultura Mix)
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Brownswood and Gilles Peterson are proud to stream the first track from our latest project with Havana Club, Havana Cultura Mix - The Soundclash!
In 2009, there was ‘Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura’ followed by a remix album. After that ‘The Search Continues’ (2011) and then ‘Mala In Cuba’ (2012). Now we have ‘Havana Cultura Soundclash’, a compilation of collaborations between Cuban vocalists/musicians and unsigned artists from around the world.
All projects have brought musical exchanges to Cuba — with its illustrious yet traditional music scene — a nation where rhythms (salsa, rumba) exist as the lifeblood of its people; where access to new music is limited, barely any broadband internet service and decent home studio technology is rarely affordable. Despite this, Havana boasts a solid homegrown hip-hop scene and vibrant nightlife ruled by reggaeton, with house, techno, EDM, dubstep, trap and moombahton breaking through.
Besides, cultural exchanges are the essence of electronic music. Cuban rhythms (especially Afro-Cubano) trace back to the heart of dance music — from disco through to Chicago house and beyond — cross-pollination is what keeps it moving forward, so what's wrong with bringing electronic music to a nation that in a way helped birth it?
This is what ‘Havana Cultura Mix - The Soundclash’ is all about. After sifting through hundreds of entries to a remix competition, 10 artists from all over the world (UK, Germany, Hungary, Holland, South Africa, Russia, Switzerland, Chile and Cuba) were selected by Gilles and his Brownswood production partner Simbad to travel to Cuba to work in the studio with hand-picked singers, rappers, percussionists, brass and key players to put together an album.
“Yemaya" is Gilles Peterson's favourite track from the new album. Chillum Trio is the solo project of Hungarian producer Géza Szekeres. Drawing from a wide range of influences—soul, jazz, afro beat, hip hop, bossa, dub and electronica—, Géza’s vision is to marry Afro and Latin beats with the dusty sound of the 60s and 70s’s while adding a touch of modern electronic vibes.
In Cuba, Géza collaborated with Yeni and Coki from the rumba group Aguiri-Yo. “My devotion to West African music led me on a search for Cuba’s African roots,” he explains. “When Coki and Yeni came to the studio, they sang an amazing song dedicated to Yemaya— the Yoruba goddess of the sea. Yeni’s awareness of Coki’s presence just blew me away and their vocals matched my music se
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