October 22 - 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
Ska! The compulsively danceable sound that rocked the clubs of Jamaica in the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s and opened the way for world domination by reggae. Then there is Cuba. The most musical country on earth, the source of a large part of the great Latin music of the last century and of many of the world’s hottest popular musicians.
Put them together and you get an exhilarating fusion: irresistible rhythm plus soaring flights of melodic imagination. Ska culture was introduced into the east (Oriente) of Cuba by Linea 1, a young independent music company focused initially on Latin music. Several fiestas, countless bottles of rum and wild descargas were followed by great new arrangements of Cuban classics. Several ska bands now perform in Santiago de Cuba. The cream of the musicians recently came together to form a ska supergroup -Ska Cubano- often described as the meshing of unstoppable Jamaican rhythms with crazy Cuban brass. Under the inspirational direction of British ska fanatic Natty Bo they recorded this copacetic album.