Havana Cultura // Stream Part Four of Havana Club Rumba Sessions
March 2, 2016
With the album’s release date of the 11th March creeping ever closer, we’ve got a whole four tracks to share with you before it drops.
Collected together as part four of the vinyl release which drops on the 1st April, it’s a collection of close-knit artists – Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Al Dobson Jr, Tenderlonious and Mo Kolours – rooted around the 22a label operating out of South East London. Listen to the tracks below and read on for more info about the album.
The latest chapter in the longstanding relationship between Gilles Peterson and the music of Cuba, the album 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*.
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.
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.
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. It’s released March 11th on digital and April 1st on vinyl.
Pre-order on iTunes here.