Havana Cultura — Rotoforo Fight (Remix)08 July, 2010
Two years ago Gilles Peterson ventured to Cuba in search of Havana-based musicians. Suitably impressed with what he found he decided to record an album of these musicians, which he would entitle Havana Cultura. He speaks a little here about the recording:
“I had a few covers as starters: one from Fela to capture that true Afro-Cuban fusion; a Blue Note joint as a 70th anniversary gift; and a couple of Cuban faves from my Ballroom days – ‘Chekere Son’ and some Juan Pablo Torres. The rest was pretty much controlled jamming, picking up the Rumba boys from the bar below, or convincing Mayra Valdes to hit it freestyle.”
The album that resulted is undeniably Cuban with performances by some great up-and-coming musicians such as Robert Fonseca and Danay, but with Gilles sitting somewhere between the worlds of electronic music and jazz he decided to take these recordings a step further, resulting in ‘Havana Culture Remixed’, effectively the tracks from the album remixed by artists such as Louie Vega, MJ Cole, 4hero, Carl Cox, Rainer Trüby, Gotan Project’s Philippe Cohen Solal and Mocky.
On the site today we have the remix by Louie Vega, offering a Cuban-Jazz rendition of Fela Kuti’s classic “Rotoforo Fight.”[audio:http://soundsandcolours.com/static/2010/07/Havana-Cultura-Roforofo-Fight-LouieVega-EOL-Mix.mp3|titles=Havana Cultura – Roforofo Fight (Louie Vega’s EOL Mix)]
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