(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – An experimentalist of Prince, Brian
Eno and David Byrne-caliber,
Alfonso, Grammy nominee in 2002 for the album X Moré, released his
latest album Civilización.
“This album is a tribute to the music from different Cuban regions, street
music,” Alfonso stated for Prensa Latina “as usual, very experimental,
for everyone, in no way oriented to an specific generational or sex group.”Havana’s International Press Center was the venue for the presentation November
8, scheduling a press conference of the integral musician, son of the founders
of the band Sintesis, the Cuban premier afro-rock band, Grammy nominee in 2002
for Habana a flor de piel.
“I chose the title Civilizacion because I wanted to present music and
ideas regarding that sacred word, and since I did not feel capable to achieving
the dimension of what I was pursuing, I requested the help of some friends,
musicians such as Carlos Varela, Free Hole Negro, Sergio Cardoso and other“.
The 12-track album fuses Cuban popular music elements with rock sounds, but to
the style of X Alfonso, which could be placed within the genre equivocally
called World Music.
Meanwhile, this is the fourth album of the excellent pianist, anteceded by
Mundo real (1999), X Moré (2001) and Delirium Tremens (2002),
the latter winner of the best soundtrack at the Cubadisco Fair 2003.
As part of the conference, the video clip “Habana (8:00 pm),” showing X
Alfonso’s video artist´s side, was presented. This is the video for the namesake
song included in Civilizacion, nominated for the Lucas Award, the Cuban
variant to the Music Video Awards.
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.