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Havana Club Rumba Project

Posted on February 11th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .


Gilles Petersons latest project with Havana Cultura is an insightful look at rumba music from the island of Cuba.

Peterson has joined forces with documentary film-maker Charlie Inman – who directed his last feature on the music of Brazil – to present a comprehensive look at the music, the dance, and the culture surrounding the rumba form. Expert batá drummer Ade Egun Crispin Robinson and singer Daymé Arocena accompany Peterson for the duration of the trip. 

This film is also accompanied by a remix album – entitled Havana Club Rumba Sessions - which features some wonderful remixes by a diverse roster of artists, including débruitMotor City Drum Ensemble, and Japanese duo Daisuke Tanabe and Yosi Horikawa. The tracks are based around samples of the three principal drumming styles within rumba - guaganco, yambu, and colombia - that were recorded during Peterson’s stay in Cuba. Arocena’s vocals also feature, most notably on the beautiful track from 22a label head Tenderlonius, entitled ‘Rumba Tierna’.  

Havana Club Rumba Sessions is released on March 11 via Brownswood Recordings, and you can catch the documentary throughout February at the ICA, the Lexi in Kensal Rise, and the Phoenix in East Finchley. Check out the trailer below:

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Gilles Peterson launches remix competition with Havana Club

Posted on February 18th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


BBC Radio 6Music’s Gilles Peterson has launched an initiative, in association with Havana Club, that offers artists a unique opportunity to travel to Havana for ten days and record with Cuban musicians.

Having worked extensively with Cuba’s musicians in the past, Peterson has a strong affinity for the country. His label Brownswood Recordings released the critically acclaimed Mala in Cuba in 2012, in which Mala worked closely with Peterson and Roberto Fonseca’s band.

To enter the competition, entrants have to visit and remix the track ‘Agita’. The project is open to anyone – from budding musicians to established DJs/producers – and entries need to be in by March 31.

Gilles said of the project: “I’ve been lucky enough to work in Cuba with Havana Cultura and make four albums with not only the new generation of Cuban musicians, but some legends of the scene. I’m excited about Havana Club Cultura Mix. I can’t wait to collaborate with talented producers from around the world and some of Cuba’s finest musicians in one of the world’s music capitals. Winners can expect to make music that they will never, ever regret!”

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