The Rough Guide To Caribbean Café

01      Ska Cubano: Cumbia Del Monte
02      Aurelio: Lubara Wanwa
03      Un Solo Pueblo: Woman Del Callao
04      Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective: Ámuñegü (In Times To Come)
05      Paracumbé: Sueño Sueño
06      Sierra Maestra: Ai Vaivén De Mi Carreta
07      Chichi Peralta: La Negra Bella
08      Gyptian: Leave Us Alone
09      3 Canal: Irie Tempo
10      Orchestre Septentrional D’Haiti: Pi Douvan
11      Andre Toussaint: Little Nassau-Bahama Mama
12      Puerto Plata: Santiago
13      Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro: Mueve La Cintura
14      Yuchi Cordoba: Marka Paso
15      Boukman Eksperyans: Twoubadou Rasín
16      Grupo Vocal Desandann: Se Lavi

CD2 – Bonus Album by Dédé Saint-Prix
01      Egalité A Dé Vitès
02      Souri Sé Pa Griyen
03      Pour Celia Cruz
04      Jennot Bèl, Jennot Musicien
05      Qui Fait Le King Tombe Du Building (Radio Edit)
06      Gadè Douvan
07      Kanmarad
08      Gade Mwen Ti Brin
09      Magwad Pou Ayiti
10      Adan Gèto
11      La Cour Des Grands
12      Don’t You Know
13      Voltasion
14      Qui Fait Le King Tombe Du Building

The Rough Guide To Caribbean Café

The music of the Caribbean has truly transformed the world’s culture. Rhythms including Jamaican reggae, dancehall and ska, Cuban son, mambo and salsa, Trinidadian calypso, Martinican zouk, a host of sounds from Haiti, and countless other styles, have revolutionized music in virtually every corner of the globe. It is the remarkable music of three races: indigenous, African and European and it reflects stories of colonization, slavery, revolutions, dictatorships and perseverance against insurmountable odds. Soak up the history, beauty and insatiable grooves of the Caribbean with this Rough Guide.

The album opens with a bouncing track by Ska Cubano and their brilliant fusion of ska, Cuban son, cumbia and calypso. Another Afro-Cuban performance comes from Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro. Boukman Eksperyans bring thier trademark Haitian carnival-voudou-pop beats. Yuchi Cordoba is from Curaçao and brings the percussive up-beat flavour of the ABC Islands into the mix. Aurelio is an artist from the Garifuna community in Honduras, and has enjoyed international sucess. Listening to his smooth soulful style as on the track ‘Lubara Wanwa’ it is easy to see why. ‘Little Nassau – Bahama Mama’ is a vintage calypso number from Bahamian performer Andres Touissant, and ‘Leave Us Alone’ is a modern reggae pop anthem from the Jamaican artist Gyptian.

This collection bounces from country to country, showcasing the wonderful diversity of the region whilst synthesizing it into one highly danceable whole! Let yourself be transported to the shores of the Caribbean and explore the regions rich musical history in depth.

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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