Magazine article New Internationalist

Goza Pepillo

Magazine article New Internationalist

Goza Pepillo

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Goza Pepillo

by Interactivo (DM Ahora! DM0002 CD)

Without wanting to denigrate the achievements of Buena Vista Social Club (and its myriad spin-off solo projects), the album - as probably the biggest international hit for Cuban music in the past 20 years - also posed a problem. Here were musicians, great ones, in their sixties, seventies, eighties. Whatever else Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and the band represented, it wasn't the future of Cuban music.

Led by jazz pianist and composer Roberto Carcassés, Havana's Interactivo have some answers on this, their début album. For a start, Carcasses extends the reach of the traditional salsa, timba and son rhythms with an injection of funk, rap and r'n'b. And with the combined power of poet-cum-rapmistress Telmary Diaz, singer Yusa and a big (but not too big) band, Carcassés has the courage of his convictions. …

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