Preview: AfroCubism Revisited @ Islington Assembly Hall (London, 24th April 2017)

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The legend says that back in 1996, World Circuit Records appointed some of the finest Malian musicians, asking them to visit Cuba and give life to collaboration with similarly impressive local artists. The project didn’t come to life because of visa issues and instead of the Malian-Cuban musical communion, World Circuit Records had to “limit” its idea to Cuba and release a different album titled Buena Vista Social Club.

However, in 2010, Nick Gold and Jerry Boys (two of the architects behind the Buena Vista phenomenon) finally succeeded in gathering together Malian and Cuban musical exponents. The meeting happened in Madrid and the outcome was called AfroCubism.

On the 24th of April, you can experience that long-awaited collaboration under a new guise (curated by the Barbican Centre) at the Islington Assembly Hall in London. Even if only one of the original interpreters will be on stage (Bassekou Kouyaté), the soul and mission of AfroCubism will be carried forward by other remarkable actors.

Bassekou Kouyaté will be accompanied by inspired Senegalese griot and kora player Seckou Keita and a trio of gifted Cuban artists, Yelfris Valdés (trumpet), Piki Bosh (guitar) and Hammadi Valdés (percussion).

We will never know how the original AfroCubism would have sounded, had visas been granted back in 1996, but we can easily imagine it in a few weeks time at Islington Assembly Hall thanks to AfroCubism Revisited.

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