Omar Sosa's roots being in the Cuban culture, he explores the most extreme parts of those roots. He explores his African roots e.g. through the Gnawas or the Yoruba, returning to Cuban, Brazilian and American music. He does it again on his new Otá CD "Afreecanos", where the result is a finely wrought, and wholly delightful mélange of Cuban jazz, Latin dance grooves, North African trance music, and hip-hop.
Featured on the recording are Cuban drummer Julio Barreto, Mozambican electric bassist Childo Tomas, Senegalese vocalist Mola Sylla, Cuban folkloric master Lzaro Galarraga, Cuban woodwind player Leandro Saint-Hill, French trumpet player Stephane Belmondo, and French multi-instrumentalist Christophe Disco Minck. Also featured are Cuban timbal master Orestes Vilato, Malian percussionist Baba Sissoko, Malian flute player Ali Wague, and Senegalese kora player Ali Boulo Santo, et al.
For his current U.S. tour composer/pianist Omar Sosa's quartet includes Childo Tomas, from Mozambique, on electric bass and míbira; Mola Sylla, from Senegal, on vocals, míbira, xalam, and kongoman; and Marque Gilmore, drums and electronics.
Born and raised in Camaguey, Cuba, Omar Sosa studied percussion for many years at the prestigious
Escuela Nacional de Musica in Havana. In the late '80's, having studied everything from Afro-Cuban folkloric traditions to European classical music, he began working with two Cuban pop singers - first Vicente Feliu, then Xiomara Laugart and helped jump-start a Cuban hip-hop scene in the early '90's through his collaboration with Cuban rapper Ofill.
Moving to Quito, Ecuador for several years beginning in 1993, Sosa discovered the folkloric music of Esmeraldas, a pocket of African-rooted culture on the northwest coast of that country known especially for its use of the marimba. In addition to launching his own jazz fusion ensemble, Entrenoz, Sosa produced Andarele, a recording by the Afro-Ecuadorian group Koral y Esmeralda.
In 1999 Omar relocated from Oakland, California, later to Paris and finally to Barcelona, Spain, his point of departure for over 150 international concert and festival appearances annually.
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