Gilles Peterson’s forthcoming Cuban compilation features the talents of vocalists, musicians and unsigned artists from around the world
In February this year, the BBC 6Music DJ launched an initiative, in association with Havana Club, that offered artists a unique opportunity to travel to Havana for ten days and record with Cuban musicians. After sifting through hundreds of remix competition entries, ten artists from around the world (UK, Germany, Hungary, Holland, South Africa, Russia, Switzerland, Chile and Cuba) were selected by Gilles and his Brownswood production partner Simbad.
In keeping with Cuba’s rich history of musical exchange, the album boasts a combination of the best electronic music with the sounds of Havana’s homegrown hip-hop, reggaeton, electronica and Afro-Latin beats scenes. Listen to ‘Yemaya’, a collaboration between Yeni and Coki from the rumba group Aguiri-Yo and Hungarian producer Géza Szekeres.
Watch the official film documentary on the project: