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The Cuban pianist goes in search of African roots, joined by Sekou Kouyate on kora and Baba Sissoko on percussion. “Bibisa” sets kora against ngoni, with Fatoumata Diawara singing over the top.

North Africa is represented by “Chabani”, with Faudel duetting with talking drum; “Gnawa Stop” finds common ground between Gnawa and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Fonseca alternates between piano and squelching electric organ.

Roberto Fonseca


(Jazz Village)

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