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Album by Cuban Pianist among the best in US in 2013

The most recent album by renowned Cuban pianist and jazz musician, Roberto Fonseca, is among the ten top CD productions in the United States in 2013, according to a Washington Post poll.

Among the reasons why Fonseca’s album Yo (Me) was chosen, the prestigious US daily refers that the Havana based pianist is not afraid of “hitting hard” and personally break the walls surrounding Afro-Cuban jazz in a very pleasant self-portrait.  

A 2014 Grammy Award nominee in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year, Yo marks a new stage, exposing the performer’s diverse musical world. The CD again deals with issues as love and spirituality, but also explores a wide gamut of sounds, mixing electronic, analogue and African musical instruments, such as the Hammond organ, the “congas”, the “kora” and a “tamani” drum, all of that combined in a groovy synthesis.

Considered one of the best current young Cuban musicians, Fonseca’s Yo was seventh on the top ten list of albums. In The Washington Post poll, ahead of the Cuban Cuba pianist was Kacey Musgraves with his album Same trailer different park, Kanye West with Yeezus, Bill Callahan for Dream River, Lonnie Holley with Just before music, Ashley Monroe with Like a rose and Paramore with Paramore.

Fonseca is scheduled to tour Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, France and the United Kingdom in March and April, 2014. The young musician has seven personal albums and eighteen in cooperation with 18 great figures of the island’s music scene. His album Gracias (Thanks) with the so called Diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo, won a Latin Grammy Award.
Edited by Damian Donestevez
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