Mulatos (Otá Records Ota1014, 2004)
Cuban multi-instrumentalist and composer Omar Sosa is one of the most
creative musicians in the world jazz scene. He has explored numerous traditions,
ranging from Afro-Ecuadorian to Moroccan Gnawa. On Mulatos, his latest CD, Sosa
collaborates with well known jazz and world music instrumentalists, creating a
brilliant mix of jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms and global sounds.Omar Sosa -known for his piano prowess- continues to
surprise the listener with his masterful ability as an instrumentalist, playing additional instruments, such as the marimba, vibraphone, and percussion. In
addition, Sosa also contributes vocals and intriguing samples.
Mulatos was recorded in Paris and Barcelona [Sosa is now based in Spain]. It features Paquito
D’Rivera (clarinet), Steve Arguelles (drums and scratches), Dhafer Youssef (ud),
Aziz Arrabi (guimbri, karkabas, vocals), Renaud Pion (clarinet), Dieter Ilg
(acoustic bass), and Philippe Foch (tabla, bowl).
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.