Amarte (Afrodita, 2010)
Afrodita is a New York-based band led by Peruvian drummer and percussionist Hector Morales. The multinational band combines elements of Afro-Peruvian music such as landós and festejos with Afro-Cuban music, soul and jazz.
What makes Afrodita stand out is its superb instrumental work featuring Peruvian cajon and charanga-style violin and the delightful dual male/female Spanish language vocals throughout the album that recall the best of Cuban nueva trova.
The seven piece band includes percussionist and composer Hector Morales on cajon and drums; Ileana Santamaria, daughter of the legendary “Mongo” Santamaria, on vocals; Jean Rohe on vocals; Roland Satterwhite on violin; Matt Kanelos on keyboards; Eric Kurimski on guitar; Nick Morrison on bass; and Hector “Jereto” Ferreyra on congas.
Amarte features renowned guests artists such as Cuban percussionist/singer Pedrito Martinez; and legendary Afro-Peruvian singer Mariela Valencia.
Afrodita has captured the essence of Afro-Peruvian music with Amarte, an extraordinary self release.
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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.