Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura Anthology – The Ultimate 3LP Set of Contemporary Cuban Music

Sarah has just come back from a week in Cuba, and without any records! So I couldn’t resist picking this up when I was down at my local record store – M-Theory Records in Hillcrest, San Diego.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know who Gilles Peterson is, a legend in the world music scene and founder of Brownswood Recordings.  The three record box set retains for under $30 and is an absolute steal at that price, with 23 tracks on heavy duty 180 gram vinyl and a full colour booklet containing some excellent sleeve notes on the on the very varied track list contained within the box set.   Personal standouts for me include the tunes by Mala (that I already had picked up on the Mala in Cuba album) and a cheeky cover of a Fela Kuti tune.

Overall the entire compilation is amazing and gives an insight into the varied musical styles coming out of or inspired by Cuba and showcases a wide range of musical genres, from jazz to rap, hip hop, R&B, and reggaeton.

Tracklist:

  1. Soy Cubano (feat. Etian Brebaje Man, Sexto Sentido)by Kerkstra
  2. Lágrimas de Soledad (feat. Danay Suárez) [No Existen Palabras] by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  3. Arroz Con Pollo by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  4. La Mulata Abusadora (feat. Telmary, Elain Morales) by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  5. Rezando by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  6. Calle F by Mala
  7. Roforofo Fight (feat. Mayra Caridad Valdés)by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  8. La Rumba Experimental (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix) by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  9. Cuando Ya No Esté (feat. Danay Suárez) by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  10. La Revolución del Cuerpo, Pt.1 (Skinner’s Owiny Sigoma Mix) by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  11. Yemaya (feat. Coki & Yeni) by Chillum Trio
  12. Ay by Arema Arega
  13. Espera Mi Gente (feat. Danay Suárez, Ogguere) by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  14. Orisa (feat. Dreiser, Sexto Sentido) by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  15. Check la Rima (feat. Los Aldeanos, Danay Suárez, Silvito El Libre) by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  16. La Plaza (Poirier Remix) by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  17. La Revolución del Cuerpo, Pt.1 (feat. Ogguere, Danay Suárez, Obsesión) by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  18. Ipacuba (feat. Danay Suárez, Francis Del Río, Vince Vella, Julio Padrón) by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  19. Traigo (feat. El Niche)by Seu Seppie
  20. Yambu (Daisuke Tanabe and Yosi Horikawa Remix) by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band
  21. En Lo Profundo by Danay Suárez, Roberto Fonseca
  22. El Ruso by Daymé Arocena
  23. Rezando (Remix) by Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band

Pick up a copy at your local independent record store, or online using Amazon Prime.

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