Havana Club Rumba Sessions – Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band

Latest project from Gilles Peterson and Havana Cultura, who explore the music of Cuba releasing a feature length documentary and remix album.

Gilles Peterson returns once again to Cuba for ‘La Clave’, a documentary film fuelled by Peterson’s love of Rumba music, which takes a deep look into the music of Cuba exposing some of the deepest aspects of the thriving music culture and its West African roots.

The other half of the project includes a reinterpretation of Rumba’s roots from the dance floors of Havana and Matanza to the modern day. The three main styles of Rumba; guaganco, yambu and columbia were recorded while in Cuba and then handed over to some of the best producers around including; Motor City Drum Ensemble, Max Graef & Glenn Astro and Reginald Omas Mamode IV. The result is the ‘Havana Club Rumba Sessions’ an eclectic mix of genres and styles from a stellar roster of producers.

The sample pack will also be available to download offering the stems out to anyone who wishes to incorperate the rhythms into their own productions. Opening up the roots of Cuban music to the rest of the world and offering a unique opportunity to get hold of some great percussive stems.

The remix album is available for pre order now over at Brownswood’s Bandcamp and is set for release on the 11th March. If you’re wanting to catch the documentary ‘La Clave’, there are a block of dates at the Institute for Contemporary Arts London throughout February, before moving on to Brighton, Bristol and into Europe. Take a look here for more information and a full list of dates and venues.

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