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22 Apr 2017

Although separated by an ocean, centuries of shared cultural heritage connect Cuba and West Africa, and the same irrepressible rhythms are crucial to the music of both.

Hence 'AfroCubism'; an album recorded in 2010 (although originally planned – and thwarted, by visa problems – back in the 1990s) by a loose-knit collection of Malian musicians. The album – conceived and produced by Nick Gold and thus released on World Circuit Records - can be found here.

This new project, AfroCubism Revisited, explores both some of the music of the original album itself and the rich historical vein of exchange and collaboration in the music lives of Cuba and West Africa.

The unique project brings together one veteran from the original sessions – N’goni master Bassekou Kouyaté – with a whole new ensemble of collaborators to explore once more the wealth of possibilities offered by the union of these two traditions. He’s joined by the Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita and a trio of Cuban virtuosos – Yelfris Valdés (trumpet), Ednar Enrique Bosch Landa, aka Piki, (guitar) and Hammadi Valdés (percussion) – to revisit and reimagine their shared, captivating, musical roots.

Produced by Opera North Projects

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Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc. and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

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