Album review
Ska Cubano
Ska Cubano
Casino Sounds-Munich
October 22 - 2004

Tracking list

  1. Babalu
  2. Revolutionary Ska
  3. Bembe For Chango
  4. Chango
  5. Cindad Dormida
  6. Ska Cubano (San Fernando)
  7. Loca Rumba
  8. Barbaro Del Ritmo
  9. Relax And Mambo
  10. Malanga Ska
  11. Coqueteando
  12. Yiri Yiri Bon
  13. Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wo
  14. Con El Chan Chan
  15. Malanga Ska (Instrumental)
  16. Chango (Dancehall Mix)
Rating : 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.
The Ska Cubano album debut album is perhaps one of the most refreshing releases of this summer, with its varied treatment of new songs and old favourites by everyone from Beny More to Machito. Here you will hear music styles such as ska, salsa, Brazilian ritualistic music, Klezmer-style sax, big band brass and little bits of cumbia and son rhythms too. The inspired musicianship is evidently here, joyful and energetic. This is really good time music, dance music straight from the heart and inspired by the soul which can be enjoyed all of the time, not only in summertime!

Teacher & Mr. T