– THE PEACEFUL PROTEST –
Cuban piano genius Roberto Fonseca returns with an energetic, elegant little number from his new album; the follow up to Grammy-nominated record Yo and a live album with Fatoumata Diawara.
Aggua sees Fonseca feeling remarkably at home while also – as is his wont – stretching his sound to incorporate disparate influences from around the world.
” I wanted to represent my Cuban roots with a tumbao, and I wanted to shake up some stuff…” he says. “We have a little mambo and rumba, some reggaeton and hip-hop. I’m combining all these elements to make something tender but also powerful and spiritual.”
And ‘powerful’ it most definitely is. I love the way the bass line doubles up on Fonseca’s lead part at one point; I love the drama of the classical elements; and, of course, there’s rich and diverse drums and percussion underpinning it all.
Water comes in many forms, of course, but this form of Aggua is a set of raging rapids; Fonseca is dangerous when wet.
New album YESUN will be available from 18 October.
MORE FROM THIS WEEK’S MIX
JULIEN CHANG: OF THE PAST
SNARKY PUPPY: EMBOSSED
DAYMÉ AROCENA: PARA EL AMOR: CANTAR!
KEVIN HAYS & LIONEL LOUEKE: AZIZA
P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.
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– SV –