AFROCUBISM @ BOZAR (16/11/10)

Whereas the country of “perpetual revolution” seems at a crossroads, one of its best ambassadors, the Buena Vista Social Club, is livelier than ever, still managing to arouse unanimity around its bedazzling music.

At an age where most people think about retirement, if they aren’t retired already, the Cuban grandpa’s keep innovating ! One of them, Eliades Ochoa, even has a new project, “Afrocubism“, which is a subtle alliance of his Cuban musical roots and music from Mali, a North-Western African country that has launched so many world class artists in the past decades (Ali Farka Toure and Amadou & Mariam, to name but a few) it’d deserve some sort of international award.

Did the first human being originate from what is  now the African continent ? Hard to say and, actually, it doesn’t really matter. There’s a high probability, however, that the very first structured sound ever conceived was created in the Southern hemisphere, from where it “conquered” the world…

It may sound cliché, but rhythm and melody are undoubtedly among the undeniable gifts from “God” to the African people, gifts the white man has always been so jealous of he has been trying to take his revenge in every possible way…

Next tuesday, though, it’ll be the “black music” that will shine @ BOZAR, for everyone’s pleasure…

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