Made up of ten Cuban singers descended from Haitian slaves, the Creole Choir of Cuba (who, yes, really do sing in Creole) might be the best group of unaccompanied singers to come down the pike since Ladysmith Black Mambazo. There's a wonderful mix of sheer funky soul ("Neg Anwo") and exhilaration ("Lumane Casimir") in what they offer.
Complete your Creole Choir Of Cuba collection. Creole Choir Of Cuba. Tande-La (CD, Album). Tande-La (CD, Album, Promo).
The distinctive bass voices in the Creole Choir of Cuba (five men, five women) do something similar at times, but they have as much in common with a gospel choir such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo and also use some percussion. Even so, as co-producer John Simpson observes in their promotional video: It’s all about the voices. He also closes the album with the extraordinary Chen Nan Ren, which they performed on Late. ith Jools Holland. Artist: The Creole Choir of Cuba Album: Tande-La Label: Real World Records Release Date: 4th Oct 2010.
The slave trade was only the first impetus for their immigration – the latest was Papa Doc's tyranny in Haiti. They've done tours there after the earthquake, and they tour to Britain. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent minds.
Who are they? The Creole Choir of Cuba consists of six women and four men between the ages of 27 and 61 who began singing in their university choirs. Having endured the collapse of the Cuban economy in 1994 after the Soviet Union disbanded and no longer funded the Cuban government, the singers formed the group Desadann (Creole for Descendents ) to sing traditional Creole songs with updated modern arrangements. Lyrically, the album is a window into the lives of the Haitian and Creole communities in Cuba. There are also songs about how the poor live, hauling water, scrambling for food and calling for social justice.
This album has an average beat per minute of 107 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 76/155 BPM). See the BPM profile of this album. Tracklist - Tande-La. Here is the BPM profile of Tande-La. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by The Creole Choir of Cuba. Undiscovered Voices of the Caribbean.
Tande-La by The Creole Choir Of Cuba, released 03 October 2010 1. Edem Chanté 2. Se Lavi 3. Maroule 4. La Mal De Travay 5. Neg Anwo 6. Peze Café 7. L’Atibonite Oh 8. Tande 9. Lumane Casimir 10. Fey 11. Dulce Embelezo 12. Chen Nan Ren The Creole Choir of Cuba are called ‘Desandann’ in their home country which means ‘descendants’ and with the songs on their forthcoming album ‘Tande-La’ (a title which translates as ‘listen’) they tell the stories of their Haitian ancestors who were brought to Cuba to work in near slave conditions on the sugar and coffee plantations.
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