November 18, 2022 | By Natasha Von Castle |
A companion album to the critically acclaimed ‘Havana Meets Kingston’, this is Gaudi’s dub take on Savona’s original sessions in Cuba and Jamaica. Recorded at Egrem Studios in Havana (Buena Vista Social Club’s studio) and Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston (Bob Marley’s studio), this is a world first project bringing music together from both islands. It’s a sound-combination that meshes their distinct musical pathways, effortlessly blending Cuban percussion and melodies with reggae’s rumbling basslines and roots rhythms, expertly dubbed by Gaudi at his Metatron Studio in London UK, with overdubs and additional mixes from Savona.
This ambitious project features a lineup of incredible Jamaican and Cuban talent, including reggae stars Sly & Robbie on drum and bass, Ernest Ranglin and Winston ‘Bopee’ Bowen on guitars, percussion by Bongo Herman and Shaun ‘Bugzy’ Anderson and vo-cals from Jamaican stars such as Cornel Campbell, Prince Alla, Lutan Fyah, Leroy Sibbles of The Heptones, Cali P, Aza Lineage and Randy Valentine to name just a few. On the Cuban side the album features Rolando Luna (piano) and Barbarito Torres (laud) of Buena Vista Social Club fame, percussionist Changuito of Los Van Van, Yaroldy Abreu & Julito Padron of Irakere, Oliver Valdes from Havana Cultura and vocalists include Brenda Navarrete, Maikel Ante, Solis, and Eugenio Rodríguez ‘El Raspa’ Rodríguez.
SOURCE VP Records