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Dame Arocena - Cubafonia
Dame Arocena - Cubafonia
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Dame Arocena - Cubafonia

As Cuba looks to become more connected to the rest of the world, Havana Cultura affiliate and Gilles Peterson associate Daymé Arocena returns with an ambitious second long player of soulful sounds.

Rooting her compositions in Cuba’s classic rhythms, Daymé encompasses the rich, diverse musical make-up of her home whilst looking outward too - to the world she has spent the last two years traveling. It’s her most polished, fully realised project since meeting her mentor (and record label head), Gilles Peterson, in 2012. Benefiting from Gilles’ expansive vision as a DJ, broadcaster and promoter, Daymé has been nurtured to this point by the Havana Cultura project – a platform for contemporary Cuban creativity driven by Havana Club rum. First, there was 2014’s Havana Cultura Mix album, which introduced her to working with electronic producers for the first time.

She then accompanied Gilles in his journey through rumba culture for the expansive Havana Club Rumba Sessions project, which produced a feature-length documentary along with an album – using her distinctive vocals – of rumba reimaginings and sample pack. As a solo artist, she released her debut album Nueva Era to critical and popular acclaim in 2015, with an EP of cover versions, titled One Takes, released in early 2016.

On "Cubofonia" inspiration comes from the different rhythms and styles native to the Carribean island - from Guantánamo’s fast-paced changüí, to ubiquitous guaguancó and ‘70s-style ballada. Sung mainly in Spanish, Daymé drops into English and even tries out a little French when the mood takes her. Produced alongside Soundway artist Dexter Story, with string arrangements from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, this is heritage music for modern-day citizens of the world. Ambitious, hardworking, and hungry for cultural exchange, it feels like 2017 could be a monumental year for Daymé.

She possesses a clear sense of her music’s intermingling influences: “We don't have this native culture,” she explains. “We don't have indigenous people, like Maya or Quechua. They made a country with people from everywhere – that’s what makes Cuban culture so different.” 

Track Listing

1. Eleggua
2. La Rumba Me Llamo Yo
3. Lo Que Fue
4. Maybe Tomorrow
5. Negra Caridad
6. Mambo Na M a
7. Como
8. Angel
9. It's Not Gonna Be Forever
10. Valentine

Product Details

Artist:  Dayme Arocena
Label:  Brownswood
Format:  Vinyl LP
Condition:  New  
Cat Number:  BWOOD160LP
Released:  10 Mar 2017
Genre:  Funk, Soul & Disco

Regular price £18.00