Miami, Florida, USA – Afro-Cuban rappers,
Orishas, have a third album. El Kilo (Universal/Surco) was recorded
between Liege, Madrid and Paris. This Cuban trio, which is based in Europe has
been nominated for the Latin Grammy (LARAS), the Grammy (NARAS), as well as the
Source Awards, for previous albums.
Produced by Andres Levin (Macy Gray, Aterciopelados, Los Amigos Invisibles,
Yerba Buena…) and sharing production responsibilities with habitual producer
and friend of Orishas, Niko Noki, this long awaited new release registers the
group’s hybrid exploration of hip hop and Cuban son. The album closes with a track titled “Quien te dijo”, featuring Pit
Bull, the Cuban-American rapper who just released his new album M.I.A.M.I. (Money Is A Major Issue).
Mixed in Brussels by Tim Lathan (Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Erykah Badu, De La Soul)
and mastered by Tom Coine at Sterling Sound, El Kilo invents a future
with two r’s: one for roots (rumba, montuno, guaguanco) and one for rap (the
language of the streets of
Paris, Brussels, Miami and Havana).
Following the success of
A Lo Cubano (2000) and
Emigrante (2002), Yotuel, Roldan and Ruzzo have in ‘El Kilo’ the
best foundation for their definitive consecration. As their song says, “Nobody
can take away the grace of those born with it”.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.