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Santiman by The Creole Choir Of Cuba
Released: Feb 2013
Label: Real World Records
The Creole Choir of Cuba project has always been fascinating, a multi-level musical creolization -- filtering Afro-Cuban-Haitian music through African and Western choir traditions -- that can feel a little stifled by choral-music stuffiness. But on Santiman, that concept has bloomed into a warm, captivating sound that takes off in a host of new hybrid directions. The lilting vocals of the female choir and the rawer-voiced male soloist wrap around dynamic Santeria dialogues; sunny, easy son jams; and mournful, jazz-tinged Afro-Caribbean blues. You're gonna want to dig into "Pou Ki Ayiti Kriye."
Rachel Devitt