Havana Cultura // Havana Club Rumba Sessions // Vinyl Release
February 9, 2016
The latest chapter in the longstanding relationship between Gilles Peterson and the music of Cuba, it sees him explore the roots of rumba through a project comprising three parts: a feature length documentary, a collection of remixes and a free sample pack.
Produced in collaboration with Cuban rum maker Havana Club – that created the Havana Cultura platform to promote contemporary Cuban culture –, it’s another episode in a six-year relationship that’s already given vital exposure to different aspects of Cuba’s thriving music culture through the Havana Cultura album series*.
It’s exciting to announce full details of the vinyl release which, spread across 4 12” records, will firm up that connection to modern dancefloors and DJs which the album sets out. Stream the Motor City Drum Ensemble cut from the record below.
Where the film depicts the lineage descending from the working class communities of Havana and Matanzas to modern-day dancefloors, this other arm of the project allows for an exciting, global re-interpretation of rumba’s roots. The recordings of rumba’s three central styles were handed to a crop of producers working in the orbit of club music’s most interesting areas.
Unpacking the three main styles of rumba is a central part of the project: they are largely agreed to be guaganco, yambu and columbia. Peterson worked with the island’s esteemed rumberos to record authoritative versions of the three rhythms as well as discuss what differing meanings and origins are attached to each. The rhythms are the starting point from which the three strands of the project have diverged.
The result is ‘Havana Club Rumba Sessions’, collection of remixes as varied as you’d expect from a roster of producers plucked from locales spread from South London, Japan and beyond.
La Rumba Experimental (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix)
Weird Melody (Max Graef & Glenn Astro Remix)
Havana Sessions (Pablo Fierro Remix)
Emergency Rumba (Pépé Bradock Remix)
Okay Cuba (débruit Remix)
Yambu (Daisuke Tanabe and Yosi Horikawa AtaMix Remix)
La Plaza (Poirier Remix
Mi Yimboro (Djoyvan Remix)
Havana Cool Out (Reginald Omas Mamode IV Remix)
Rumba Tierna (Tenderlonious Remix)
Rumba Version (Al Dobson Jr Remix)
Yuka Music (Mo Kolours Remix)
The records go onsale April 1st and you can pre-order individually below or as a complete set.