ARTIST ROSTER TOUR DATES NEWS HOME

Roberto Fonseca, Pedrito Martinez looking to move Afro-Cuban music forward

< Back

Monday October 07, 2013

From The Washington Post

Roberto Fonseca, Pedrito Martinez looking to move Afro-Cuban music forward
By Chris Richards

For so many American eardrums, the story of Afro-Cuban music begins and ends with “Buena Vista Social Club.”

The beloved 1997 album — and the 1999 documentary about the unlikely studio sessions that birthed it — transformed a crew of forgotten Cuban maestros into world-renowned players whose songs would cast an immense, singular shadow.

Roberto Fonseca is quite literally stepping out of it. His new album, “Yo,” lunges in fantastic and unexpected directions while remaining rooted in Afro-Cuban musical traditions — traditions the 38-year-old Havana pianist became highly fluent in during the years he spent performing alongside Buena Vista alums, including the late vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer.

“For me, playing with them was like going to the son montuno school,” Fonseca said, referring to the percolating style that forms much of Cuba’s sonic DNA. “I was trying to learn how to play and how to feel.”

To read the full article click here