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Approved: Gilles Peterson & Roberto Fonseca present Havana Cultura Live at the Barbican

By | Published on Friday 2 July 2010

I’ve been raving on quite a bit about the ‘Havana Cultura’ album, originally released last year, which melded standard Latin sounds with Cuban hip hop and rap, classical Cuban Son rhythms, and even a little bit of R&B, with remarkable results. You may remember a remixed version of the album was released just last month.

Well, now the man behind it all, Gilles Peterson, is taking the ‘Havana Cultura’ vibe live at the Barbican, where he will be joined by a stack of great talent. On stage will be Roberto Fonseca’s acclaimed band and Cuban star Danay (described by Gilles as ‘Cuba’s Jill Scott’ – we will have to wait and see if this comparison is correct), plus an all-star group featuring old school woodwind master Javier Zalba, top bass player Omar Gonzalez, percussionists Ramses Rodriguez and Vince Vella, and Joel Hierrezuelo on congas.

Gilles will also be on hand to add some remix flavs into the mix. All in all, highly recommended.

Tuesday 6 Jul, Barbican Hall, London, EC2Y, 7.30pm, £10-£20, press info from Barbican or Gerry Lyseight at, more info at