Heritage (Angel d’Cuba, 2012)
Angel d’Cuba is the artistic name of Cuban multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Angel Luis Badell. He is currently based in Chicago, in the United States and his current music direction is a reflection of his Cuban background and Caribbean influences as well as music from the United States.
Heritage features fiery Cuban timba sung in Spanish and some of his songs are in this genre. However, Angel also explores the sounds of other Caribbean areas, such as calypso from Trinidad, reggaeton from Panama, and vallenato from Colombia, as well as samba from Brazil. From the United States he incorporates R&B and some English language vocals.
Back in Cuba, Angel Luis Badell was best known as the lead singer with the supergroup Mezcla, a renowned band that mixed Cuban traditional music with jazz, world music, soul, and rock.
Angel d’Cuba has released a splendid album with incredible energy, bringing together a surprising collection of musical influences.
Angel d’Cuba – Vocals & Percussion
James Cornolo – Guitar & Tres Cubano
Brett Benteler – Bass
Jean-Christophe Leroy – Drums & Percussion
Osbaldo (Ogie) Merced – Congas
Edwin Sanchez – Keyboards
Darwin Noguera – Keyboards
Victor Garcia – Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Valve Trombone
Steve Eisen – Flute; Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
Diana Mosquera – Background Vocals
Heitor Garcia – Percussion
Diego Mosquera – Percussion
Octavio Rodriguez – Batá Drums
Nestor Rodriguez – Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Rodriguez – Trombone
Children of the YOURS Project Chicago Reach Orchestra
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.