Category Archives: Cuban

SONG OF THE DAY Carlos Puebla, Santiago Martinez, Pedro Sosa – Sun Sun Damba E

In 1957, three musicians got together to make, La Bodeguita del Medio, a record that has been described as an “intriguing musical snapshot of pre-revolutionary Havana”. Recorded at the world-famous La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant in downtown Havana in March 1957, … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Orquesta Akokán – Mi Conga Es De Akokán

This jubilant little bad boy has definitely kicked some life into me tonight and is a welcome burst of joy! Orquesta Akokán are a Cuban mambo big band that formed in 2017 when Cuban vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez gathered together … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Okuté – Quiere La Rumba

Exploring the paths and avenues that entwine the sounds of Cuban rumba and West African music, Okuté are an ensemble from Havana, Cuba who, to quote their bio, are “putting the spotlight on the sound of 1960s Cuba with a … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Amara Touré – Cubano

Guinean born singer and percussionist Amara Touré made and released music for nearly two decades and in that time he perfected the art of merging two styles of music. Recognising a connection between the sounds of Africa and Cuba, he … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Cyril Diaz Et Son Orchestre – Feeling Happy

Set up by the late Henri Debs during the late ‘50’s, Disques Debs was a label that ran out of Guadeloupe.  Both the label and studio have continued to run for over 50 years, releasing  over 300 7” singles and … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Star Band de Dakar – Guajira Ven

Sunday’s are for slowing down and taking things easy, so today I have hopefully found the perfect song to ease away any stresses and bring about some calm escapism. Originally formed to celebrate Senegal’s independence in 1960, Star Band de Dakar … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Afro-Cuban All Stars – Amor Verdadero (remastered)

A Toda Cuba le Gusta was the Afro-Cuban All Stars’ first studio album originally released in 1997 on World Circuit Records. The record was the first of a three consecutive recordings that took place in early 1996, all of which were … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Orquesta Akokán – Mambo Rapidito

How amazingly vibrant and jubilant is th is song and how much would I embrace the chance to play percussion in a samba band like this!! Direct from Havana, Cuba Daptone Records are proud to present the debut single by Orquesta … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Cyril Diaz & His Orchestra – Taboo

Courtesy of the great Soundway records (yet again), I was first introduced to the exotic sounds of Cyril Diaz & His Orchestra nearly two years ago when I featured Voodoo at the end of May 2015. Originating from 1950’s Trinidad, Cyril Diaz was … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Orchestra Baobab – Foulo

The sunshine is beaming through my windows, the sky is clear blue and everything is sparkling on this fine Sunday afternoon, and I now have the perfect song to accompany this beautiful day: Orchestra Baobab’s, Faulo. The Senegalese Afro-pop legends first … Continue reading

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