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The great world music album that-never-was has finally been realized. The project that became the Buena Vista Social Club has borne its own extraordinary fruit.

In 1996, a group of Mali's finest musicians were due to fly into Havana for a speculative collaboration with some of Cuba's most brilliant singers and instrumentalists. For reasons that have never been made clear, the ... Read more in Amazon's AfroCubism Store

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  • Audio CD (November 2, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B0041ON2ZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The great world music album that-never-was has finally been realized. The project that became the Buena Vista Social Club has borne its own extraordinary fruit.

In 1996, a group of Mali's finest musicians were due to fly into Havana for a speculative collaboration with some of Cuba's most brilliant singers and instrumentalists. For reasons that have never been made clear, the Malians never arrived. A very different album was recorded: 'The Buena Vista Social Club'. The rest, as they say, is multi-million selling history.

But what about that original album? What riches might have been revealed in the interaction of virtuosi from one of Africa's most musically rich territories, and from Cuba whose music has origins in Africa, and has been hugely influential on the mother continent?

Now we have the opportunity to find out. World Circuit Records' Nick Gold, the man behind the 1996 venture, finally brought the original invitees together with a stellar line-up of additional talent at a series of inspirational sessions and the great lost Afro-Cuban album will be released fourteen years after originally planned.

Fronting the Cuban team is the cowboy-hatted singer and guitarist Eliades Ochoa, singer of the great Buena Vista theme 'Chan Chan.' The two original Malian invitees are multi award-winning ngoni lute master Bassekou Kouyate and the extraordinary Rail Band guitarist Djelimady Tounkara, both universally agreed to be among the world,s great instrumentalists. Joining them are Eliades' Grupo Patria, amongst Cuba's longest running and most revered bands, the mercurial kora genius Toumani Diabaté, legendary Malian griot singer Kasse Mady Diabaté and the innovatory balafon player Lassana Diabaté.

'It was as though the musicians had been holding back their ideas and energy for that moment,' says Gold, who produced the album, with the great Buena Vista engineer Jerry Boys at his side. 'After we'd waited so long, it all came together remarkably easily and spontaneously. The group had never played together before but the music just poured out and it continued to flow over the next few days.' Seventeen songs were recorded in five days, with all the musicians playing together 'live' in one large room. A second session was convened some months later and produced a further nine songs.

The title 'AfroCubism' is advised. This is an album that throws the elements of Cuban and African music in the air and lets them fall in entrancing new patterns.

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I was very curious about the fusion of African and Cuban music... and it hits the spot.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 5, 2010
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This music is not the Afro-Cuban we are familiar from mid 20th century. Cuba and the concave region of Nigeria to the Congo are closely related in music, as the Afro- in Afro-Cuban historically refers to the percussive influences of West Central African slaves. The rumba, for instance, stems from Congo, Cameroon and it neighbors. Further north and west, Mali, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast, on the other hand, have a different, more lyrical musical tradition, which when brought by slaves to Colonial America, contributed to the blues. Thus, the meeting of a host of Cuban and Malian musicians is a unique exchange of musical ideas and timbre. Kora, balafon, ngoni, acoustic and electric guitar, maracas, congas, bongos, double bass, trumpets, violin, and vocals played by such renown stars as Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouate, Baba Sissoko, Djelimady Tounkara, Eliades Ochoa, José Angel Martinez, and Alain A. Dragoni, among others, provide a joyous musical experience. This is happy music, melodic and strongly rhythmic. A Malian or Cuban sound dominate particular tracks, but others are more balanced in interpretation. Such a combination of traditions produces an unusual but delightful style that deserves to be expanded and not remain just a one-time experiment. Bravo! Bravissimo! Encore!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Marcos on November 28, 2010
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This is a very interesting album. While it is often said that Cuba is heavily influenced from Africa, the influence is not from Mali. Cuban culture's influence is more Congolese and Nigerian.

Hence what we have here is completely unprecedented. The Malians play a highly melismatic, monorhythmic, melodic music, whereas the Cubans have a more syncopated, polyrhythmic, monosyllabic sound. However the Cubans here play a relaxed Cuban Guajiro sound and not a the hard driving rhythms the Havana Son Montuno and Timba bands are known for. There are no timbales or trap drums in this recording.

The end result has multiple stringed instruments working together as if the band had been assembled for years over a light Maraca and hand drum rhythm. and for the melodic rhythm they use the Balafon, Malian Xylophone.

If you like it you might want to listen to Songhai and Songhai 2, which had a similar Malian instrumentation and feel mixed with Flamenco.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mauricio Saldivar on November 7, 2010
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Cuban singer and guitarist Eliades Ochoa returns to New York after more than ten years away from the hand of his new album, Afro-Cubism, and accompanied by musicians from Africa who participated in the recording.

"Let the joy of something new and hoping that the audience likes this blend of African and Cuban musicians, which I think is great," said the composer also referring to the album he did with his Cuarteto Patria and musicians of Mali.

Ochoa has not forgotten the great reception given to the group New Yorkers "Buena Vista Social Club", to which was filed more than a decade, you want to be repeated during the promotional tour for Afro-Cubism, referred to as "world music."

"I feel the same emotion and perhaps stronger because people are seeing a job that was done with great desire. Earlier, in "Buena Vista Social Club" all the musicians we knew because we were Cubans, everyone knew what was going to do all over the world, "he said in a telephone interview from Spain.

"But, here is a mixture of Africans and the Cubans and we had to fight hard (musically) so the thing goes well and offer the public the best because we want to take as a reward for their gratitude," he said.

The composer and virtuoso of the kora (21-string instrument, a mixture of harp and lute, which is widespread among the people of West Africa), Tounami Diabate, said during the presentation of the album in Spain, that did not need to save this job interpreters to understand because the music is a universal language.

Ochoa said it was difficult for both sides because they are different speeds and how to make music, but "the language that was had by all music."

"Tounami started playing, I heard him and drew on my guitar (music) that he played.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K C on November 2, 2010
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What a great album for my first review. I like many genres of music, but the common factor that makes music great is "Soul". This album oozes with soul. Great vibes and interchanging rhythms are contained within each song. If you like interplay between instruments... this is your album.

The musicianship is stellar, as most of these musicians have put in years at perfecting their chops. Toumani Diabate is the most well known internationally among these great artists, but I will leave that listing to the well done product review above. Think Buena Vista Social Club goes to Mali and you have the idea. The mix of these two musical styles, as well as the album itself, is awesomely done and no instruments are drowned out by the others.

The album starts very Cubano with the instrumental, rhythm heavy "Mali Cuba". Despite the song's name, this is more Cuban rhythm than Mali, but then again, maybe it isn't. That is the beauty of this album. Depending upon which style you want to concentrate on, that is the one you will hear. A perfect blend. The tracks that contain vocals have a great soulful sound and even if you don't know the language, you know what is being said. Besides, the digital booklet contained in the download has the lyrics and background.

I won't break down the songs individually, as unlike most downloaded songs, this was made to be a complete album. This session was all about the blending of these two styles of music, and on that account I can say they were completely successful! Highly recommended and easily on my album of the year list.
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