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SpanishEnglishNew Throned King - (5Passion) - Released 2014

CD Review:  New Throned King by Yosvany Terry (5Passion 2014)
Review by Bill Tilford, all rights reserved

Outside of Cuba, it is not that uncommon for casual observers to attribute the African elements of Afro Cuban music to the Yoruba even when other roots are present.  In addition to the music of the Yoruba, one of the most important of those roots in Cuba is the music of the Arará, who came from what was once Dahomey (much of which is now Benin).   New Throned King is a fascinating, intense blend of Arará cantos and Jazz, using Arará languages (the name of his project for this recording, Ye-De Gbe, is in Fon for example) for the vocals and traditional Arará percussion instruments.  This would have been an interesting project even if it had been a simple folkloric project, as Arará rhythms are intricate, and the cantos are very powerful   The addition of the Jazz contributions of Yosvany Terry on saxophones and Osmany Paredes and Jason Moran on piano take this music to another level. 

Some of the cantos themselves will be familiar to listeners who have heard the music used in toques, but the percussion will be new to most listeners, and the final structure of these pieces is truly unique.   New Throned King was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2015 (Best Latin Jazz Album) and a Cubadisco in 2015 (Jazz Cubano).   

The following EPK is not from the album but rather from another one of Yosvany Terry's projects that intersects with it in terms of the music that he was researching when he did the album:


1. Reuniendo La Nacion
2. New Throned King
3. Walking Over Wave
4. Laroko
5. Ojun Degara
6. Mase Nadodo
7. Thunderous Passage
8. Healing Power
9. Dance Transformation

Personnel in New Throned King

Role - InstrumentName
Saxophones, Chekere, Wewe, Coro Yosvany Terry
Piano Osmany Paredes except Jason Moran (1)
Bass Junior Terry
Lead Vocalist, Apitli Pedro Martínez
Yonofu, Akoto  Sandy Perez (1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 10)
Wewe, Coro Roman Díaz
Guitar Dominick Kanza (2, 3, 9, 10)
Drums Justin Brown (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10)
Coro Gema Corredera (4, 5, 6, 8)
Sound Design, DJ  Val Jeanty (1, 8)
Poetry  Ishmael Reed (6)
Studio ElCerrito Studio, Oscar Autie
Bill Tilford - Saturday, 16 April 2016, 08:49 AM