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AfroCubism (Front Cover).png
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 2010
StudioSonoland Studios, Madrid, Spain
GenreSon cubano, Mande music
LabelWorld Circuit
ProducerNick Gold

AfroCubism is an award-winning,[1][2] Grammy-nominated[3] album featuring musical collaborations between musicians from Mali and Cuba. It was released in 2010.

Concept and recording[edit]

The album was recorded for the World Circuit label by producer Nick Gold and engineer Jerry Boys at Sonoland Studios, Madrid, Spain in 2010.[4] Mixing and mastering was done at Livingston Studios, London & FB Music and Media, Fareham.

The idea behind AfroCubism was the original concept for the Buena Vista Social Club album of 1997 which featured many of the same Cuban musicians. This original concept however, was thwarted when the Cuban visas for the Malian musicians were delayed in the post[5] and producer Nick Gold instead called on the services of Ry Cooder whom he had recorded with Ali Farka Touré for the 1994 World Circuit release, Talking Timbuktu.[6] The album captures the rhythmic and melodic patterns which are common to traditional West African and Afro-Cuban music.[7] The musicians involved in AfroCubism already had successful careers through participation in the Buena Vista Social Club or as solo artists.[8] The project has subsequently toured around the world as a successful live show.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[10]

The album was praised by AllMusic reviewer James Allen, who described the album as "a true musical meeting of minds between the two cultures [Cuban and Malian]".[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Mali Cuba
  2. Al vaivén de mi carreta
  3. Karamo
  4. Djelimady Rumba
  5. La culebra
  6. Jarabi
  7. Eliades tumbao 27
  8. Dakan
  9. Nima diyala
  10. A la luna yo me voy
  11. Para los pinares se va Montoro
  12. Benséma
  13. Guantanamera


Cuban musicians
  • Eliades Ochoa - guitar, vocals
  • José Ángel Martínez - double bass
  • Jorge Maturell - congas, bongos, cowbell
  • Onsel Odit - chorus, rhythm guitar
  • Eglis Ochoa - maracas, guiro, chorus
Malian musicians

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Festival d'été de Quebec, Prix Miroir, 2011, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2012-01-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Songlines Cross Collaboration award, 2011, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-01-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Nominated for Best world Music Grammy, 2011,
  4. ^ AfroCubism: AfroCubism – review | Music | The Guardian
  5. ^ AfroCubism, CD review - Telegraph
  6. ^ AfroCubism: Buena Vista take two | Music | The Guardian
  7. ^ AfroCubism Emerges at Last - - Music - New York - Village Voice
  8. ^ BBC - Music - Review of AfroCubism - AfroCubism
  9. ^ AfroCubism – review | Music | The Guardian
  10. ^ a b Allen, James. "AfroCubism". AllMusic. Rovi. Retrieved June 21, 2015.