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Wednesday July 11, 2012

From RFI

Cuban Pianist Roberto Fonseca Explores His African Roots
By: Alison Hird

Cuban pianist takes West Africa to the Caribbean. “It was my dream to work with African musicians”, says top Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca. The dream has become reality with Fonseca’s third album Yo.

The virtuoso pianist, composer and producer, formerly with Buena Vista Social Club, exlores his afro-Cuban roots and santeria faith with an eclectic mix of African percussion, piano and Hammond organ.

“This album is like a rebirth. It was a blessing to work with musicians like Assane Mboup (from Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab).”

“And an honour”, he adds, “to perform alongside Malian singer Fatoumatou Diawara, kora player Sekou Kouyate and Baba Sissoko on percussion and notably the n’goni.”

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