Charismatic Cuban musician Roberto Fonseca hits the road to promote his new album, Yo, with a seven-date UK tour starting on Friday, 23 March. The tour line-up features Fonseca on piano and keyboards, Baba Sissoko on African percussion, Joel Hierrezuelo on Cuban percussion, Ramsés Rodríguez on drums, Yandy Martínez on bass, Jorge Chicoy on guitar, Javier Zalba on sax, flute and clarinet and Sekou Kouyate on kora.
The new album, Yo, will be out this Spring and is his most daring one to date. Fonseca, the Buena Vista Social Club prodigy and Havana Cultura star, explores new sounds and dimensions blending traditional acoustic instruments with elements of electronica and pays homage to Cuba’s African roots while striking forwards with red-hot grooves, electronic beats and sensuous lyricism that effortlessly updates Cuba’s musical lineage.
Opening for Roberto on this Black Routes tour is Ayanna, the first non-American to win the legendary Amateur Night Live at the Harlem Apollo, whose beguiling vocals skip and swing over intimate, honey-sweet cello. Her music was recently celebrated in an evening devoted to her work at the Kings Place Festival in London.
Last year Ayanna was commissioned to write a new piece for the Bath Festival, following residencies at Wigmore Hall and Aldeburgh. She’s just finished a UK tour with Natty and recording in New York with Kronos Quartet, which neatly captures her full range.
Fri 23 March – Gateshead, The Sage Gateshead, 7.30pm
http://www.thesagegateshead.org / 0191 443 4661 / Tickets £19.50 + bkg
Sat 24 March – Manchester, RNCM, 7.30pm
http://www.rncm.ac.uk / 0161 907 5555 / Tickets £15, £17.50 + bkg
Mon 26 March – London, Barbican, 7.30pm
http://www.barbican.org.uk / 020 7638 8891 / Tickets £10 – £25 + bkg
Wed 28 March – York, Theatre Royal, 7.30pm
http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk / 01904 623568 / Tickets £15 + bkg
Thu 29 March – Brighton, Dome, 7.30pm
http://www.brightondome.org / 01273 709709 / Tickets £15, £17.50 + bkg
Fri 30 March – Bristol, St George’s, 8pm
http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk / 0845 40 24 001 / Tickets £21 + bkg
Sun 1 April – Birmingham, Town Hall, 7.30pm
http://www.thsh.co.uk / 0121 780 3333 / Tickets £15, £17.50 + bkg