Cuban Music Innovator Roberto Fonseca Announces UK Tour

Roberto Fonseca
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.

Tour Dates

Fri 23 March – Gateshead, The Sage Gateshead, 7.30pm / 0191 443 4661 / Tickets £19.50 + bkg

Sat 24 March – Manchester, RNCM, 7.30pm / 0161 907 5555 / Tickets £15, £17.50 + bkg

Mon 26 March – London, Barbican, 7.30pm / 020 7638 8891 / Tickets £10 – £25 + bkg

Wed 28 March – York, Theatre Royal, 7.30pm / 01904 623568 / Tickets £15 + bkg

Thu 29 March – Brighton, Dome, 7.30pm / 01273 709709 / Tickets £15, £17.50 + bkg

Fri 30 March – Bristol, St George’s, 8pm / 0845 40 24 001 / Tickets £21 + bkg

Sun 1 April – Birmingham, Town Hall, 7.30pm / 0121 780 3333 / Tickets £15, £17.50 + bkg

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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