National Sawdust hosted the US debut of Orquesta Akokán, a big band collective of Havana’s top musicians both young and old, joining forces with some of the most creative and spirited talents of New York’s Latin music scene.
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National Sawdust hosted the US debut of Orquesta Akokán, a big band collective of Havana’s top musicians both young and old, joining forces with some of the most creative and spirited talents of New York’s Latin music scene. Akokán is a Yoruba word used in Cuba meaning “from the heart,” and indeed, every song performed from their self-titled debut album was an exercise in pure joy. Born out of a shared vision by singer José “Pepito” Gómez, producer Jacob Plasse, and arranger Michael Eckroth, the group reinvigorates the sound of the golden era of Cuban mambo with bold new energy.
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