Written by on January 10, 2017

A new music project brings together Jamaica and Cuba.

Entitled ‘Havana Meets Kingston’, the project is the brainchild of Australia’s leading reggae and dancehall producer Mista Savona (Jake Savona).

Savona said his main intention was to combine Jamaican soundsystem and bass culture with Afro-Cuban and jazz traditions, to create “something fresh, bold, and exciting”.

Drawing from roots reggae, dub, dancehall, salsa, rumba, and Afro-Cuban jazz, “Havana Meets Kingston” is the first full length album that unites both Jamaican and Cuban music, and is said to equally honor both islands’ incredible musical foundations and legacies.

With vocals in Spanish, English and Jamaican patois, some songs on the album carry distinctive Cuban rhythms and melodies, others ride the deep basslines that Jamaica is best known for.

“Havana Meets Kingston” is a 2-part album and documentary video, recorded over 10 days in 2015, at the famous Egrem Studio in Havana. It contains mostly original songs but also includes covers of classic Cuban music.

The first video promo was released over the weekend via social media that features clips of comments and performances by participating artists such as Sly & Robbie, Bongo Herman, Ernest Ranglin, Prince Alla & France Nooks, and Randy Valentine and Solis.

The song ‘Carnival’ that features Randy Valentine and Solis will be the first single released by the project and available worldwide January 23. The full album is due for release in April.


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