Top 5 extraordinary Afro-Latino musicians
Top 5 afrolatino musicians.
This is a selection of 5 extraordinary Afro-Latino musicians who have helped to consolidate new genres, preserve traditional ones and explore new musical possibilities. Here is our Top 5 of extraordinaria afrolatina musicians.
A Cuban son and bolero singer, Ibrahim Ferrer became known outside the island when Ry Cooler produced the emblematic album "Buenavista Social Club", along with several other legendary Cuban musicians, but until then unknown abroad, such as Compay Segundo. His sweet voice and great stage presence allowed him to move from the intimacy of the bolero to singing accompanied by a big band jamming in full swing. Among his best known songs are "Silencio" and "Candela".
Pedrito Martínez is a virtuoso percussionist, singer and composer, originally from Havana, Cuba. His music has roots in the Afro-Cuban tradition, especially in the Yoruba tradition, present both in the use of the batá drums and in his lyrics to the Yoruba deities. He has collaborated on more than 50 albums, both of Afro-Cuban music and Latin jazz.
Also known as El Sonero Mayor, Ismael Rivera was born and raised in Puerto Rico, playing bomba and plena with his mother while learning the craft of bricklaying with his father, to which he dedicated himself until he joined Rafael Cortijo's combo, with whom he recorded 17 albums. His style of "soneo", the way he breaks the clave of salsa in order to sing more verses, is his hallmark. Among his most famous songs are "Las caras lindas," "El negro bembón," "Las tumbas," and "Mi negrita me espera," with which many salsa bars in Colombia announce the end of the night and time to go home.
The name of this group is inspired by the southwestern city of Nigeria Ife or Ile-Ife, which in Yoruba tradition is the place from which the expansion of the world begins. Ìfé, led by Otura Mun - who is also a babalao, that is, a Yoruba priest - fuses Yoruba rhythms and instruments with electronic sounds to create melodies that inspire a connection with spirituality and between people.
Hugo Candelario - from "candela", fire - has that name because he was born during a conflagration. In the boat in which his parents traveled to the hospital, he met for the first time Gualajo, legendary Afro-Colombian master of the marimba de chonta, "the piano of the jungle." He is one of the great researchers and guardians of Colombia's Pacific tradition. He is the founder of Grupo Bahía, which has been fundamental in the promotion of this music both in Colombia and abroad.