Photo credit Lara Merrington
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.
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 last 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 is land nations supported by an all-star cast of musicians.
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.
THURSDAY 8 MARCH
SUNDAY 11 MARCH
WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH
THURSDAY 15 MARCH
SATURDAY 17 MARCH