He has toured with the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, and that was before he forged a highly successful career which has placed him at the forefront of the renaissance in Cuban music. Cuban pianist, composer and producer Roberto Fonseca released his eighth album, ABUC, late last year to great critical acclaim. The album’s kaleidoscopic colours paint a vibrant, rich cultural picture of Cuban music with one eye on the past but always looking forward. Just feast your eyes and ears on his latest video for Afro Mambo above, it doesn’t get much better.
Since the release of Buena Vista Social Club in 1997 and the film in ’99, Cuba’s music has proven to be a valuable cultural export which made the likes of the late Compay Segundo, Rubén González and Ibrahim Ferrer so well-known.
Now Roberto Fonseca has stepped into that limelight, and UK fans will be able to enjoy one of the most inventive and creative Latin Jazz musicians of this new generation as he embarks on a UK tour (see dates below).
The line-up for the ABUC tour is: Roberto Fonseca (piano, keyboard, vocals), Ramses ”Dinamite” Rodriguez (drums), Adel Gonzalez (percussion), Yandy Martinez (electric & acoustic bass), Javier Zalba (saxophone, flute, clarinet), Jimmy Jenks (saxophone), Matthew Simon (trumpet) and Ucha (vocals).
Roberto Fonseca ABUC UK Tour Dates:
March 10th Leeds Howard Assembly Room
March 11th Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
March 13th London Barbican Centre
ABUC is out now – Order it via Amazon