Tag Archives: Afro-Cuban

Richard Bona – Heritage (Qwest)

Seventh CD from this renowned Cameroonian singer-songwriter, but the first recorded with his Afro-Cuban band “Mandekan Cubano.” Beautiful compositions & vocals highlight the African rhythms that so often contribute to the very essence of Cuban music. Nice!

Palo! – Yo Quiero Guarachar (Rolling Pin)

Our favorite Afro-Cuban funk Band & 2015 Grammy Nominee from Miami! Led by the talented pianista & Cubaphile Steve Roitstein, featuring powerfully beautiful lead vocals by Leslie Cartaya, plus Ed Calle’s great sax, driving bass, & smokin’ percussion. Get ready to dance! Apt CD Title means ‘I Wanna Have A Blast.’ 

Palo! – Live (Rolling Pin)

Gorgeous live recording of a Miami concert featuring original Afro-Cuban funk compositions with a heavy dab of jazzed up hot salsa. Powerful vocals by Latin Grammy-nominated Leslie Cartaya, stand-out saxophone by Ed Calle, intricate percussion by Raymer Olalde, & much more. A fine recording! Official website here

Har-You Percussion Group – Har-You Percussion Group (Ubiquity)

Actually a large Afro-Cuban ensemble made up of at-risk youth from Harlem NYC who participated in a youth outreach program mentored by several  jazz greats in the 1960s & early ’70s. From what I can gather this was recorded in 1967 and 1st released a few years later.  After years as a rarity it has […]