Scene News: Havana Meets Kingston: debut international tour

Mista Savona, Destroy All Lines, ABC Music and The Wildfire Agency are
thrilled to announce that the HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON 15 piece ‘Super Group’
will make their debut live appearances in Australia and New Zealand in March
2018. Playing dates at WOMADelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and WOMAD
NZ, this is a world first tour, not to be missed!

A live sound clash with a difference, bringing roots reggae, dub and
dancehall together with son, salsa and rumba The HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON band
boasts a world-class lineup of musicians: the legendary rhythm section of
Sly & Robbie (JA) and Band Leader Mista Savona – Keys (AU), are joined by
Barbarito Torres – Tres/Laud (CU) and Rolando Luna – Piano (CU) from the
Buena Vista Social Club, Julito Padron from Irakere – Trumpets/Vocals (CU),
Yaroldy Abreu from Chucho Valdes – Percussion (CU), Randy Valentine – Vocals
(JA/UK), Brenda Navarette – Vocals/Percussion (CU), Solis – Vocals (CU),
Bopee from Inna de Yard – Guitar (JA), Oliver Valdes – Percussion (CU) and a
supporting Australian Horn section.

The innovative, culture-centric HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON album – which was
released on November 3rd this year – paired legendary and emerging Cuban and
Jamaican musicians to re-imagine classic songs and create new compositions –
all infused with Jamaican reggae and dancehall as well as traditional Cuban
and Afro-Cuban rhythms. HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON is the first full-length
project to present the blended sounds of these two distinct island nations
supported by an all-star cast of musicians.

The album has received rave reviews and chart recognition on both
Billboard’s Reggae & World Music Charts and Top 5 on iTunes World Charts in
Canada, USA, Switzerland, Germany and France on debut with Huffington Post
declaring “All I can say is wow! What a great album. If you miss Havana
Meets Kingston, there’s something wrong somewhere. This album will grace
many if not most Best Album of the year lists”.

In Australia, taste-makers Double J, 2SER and PBS have given it Feature
Album status, with other stations such as Triple R and Radio Adelaide also
delivering strong support, while The Australian and The Music both gave
HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON 4 star reviews, with The Music stating “‘Havana Meets
Kingston’ seriously has no business being as funky as it is.”.

For generations, Cuba and Jamaica have been at the forefront of trends in
music, art, fashion and food throughout the Americas. HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON
meshes these musical pathways, effortlessly blending Cuban rhythms and
melodies with reggae’s rumbling basslines and hypnotic drums. The result is
an exceptional listening experience and what promises to be an unforgettable
live experience. Get your tickets now!




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