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”.