Tag Archives: Brownswood

Daymé Arocena – Cubafonica (Brownswood)

Second collection of Afro-Cuban gems from this creative young (born 1993) Cuban singer-songwriter, first discovered & nurtured professionally by Gillies Peterson of Havana Cultura fame. All tracks composed by Arocena & recorded in Cuba with contributions from 20 other talented musicians plus some super producers & arrangers.

Sonzeira – Tam Tam Tam Reimagnined (Brownswood)

Brazilian musical culture was gravely disrupted by a military coup in 1964. Here, Gilles Peterson joins the ranks of those seeking to resurrect what was lost, working with top contemporary musicians to re-imagine “Tam Tam Tam;” a 1957 recording with distinctly Afro-Brazilian flavors. Surely quite different from the original!

Owiny Sigoma Band – Nyanza (Brownswood)

Collaboration between two Kenyans from the Luo tribe, nyatiti master Joseph Nyamungu & percussionist Charles Owoko (who just died), & three British musicians. The group traveled around the Nyanza region of Kenya, setting up a mobile studio to capture jams, collect found sounds, and to try to capture the whole experience. Lots of amazing tribal-ethno-techno […]

Daymé Arocena – Nueva Era (World Circuit/Brownswood)

Part of Gillies (j-eye-alls) Peterson’s Havana Cultura initiative celebrating Cuban culture. Daymé is a talented young composer (born 1993) & vocalist influenced by Cuban jazz & Santeria songs, & has a gorgeous and powerful but also relaxed vocal style (she admires Ella Fitzgerald). The band was assembled for this recording & showcases her vocals nicely. […]

Owniy Sigoma Band – Power Punch!!! (Brownswood)

This band began when five British musicians travelled to Kenya & met Joseph Nyamungu, vocalist & master of the nyatiti (eight-stringed plucked lyre) and of the traditional music of the Luo tribe. For this second full release, Nyamungu & Luo drummer Charles Owoko traveled to London to play with the Brits. Great fusion, and at […]