AfroRazones is a sick new multimedia project exploring Black identity, struggle and history in Cuba – with plenty of female representation.
The compilation album, which debut on April 28, includes canciones from island-based artists, bringing the sounds of Cuban hip-hop and r&b to the world at a time when the country itself opens its borders in a major political moment.
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1. Yissy Calibre
Yissy Calibre, half of the Cuban duo Golpe Seko, mixes the traditional music of her isla with jazz and reggea to produce a hip-hop sound that's all her own. Advocating for women's right, in hip-hop and beyond, listen to Yissy on "Afroniche."
Rositik, director and vocalist of the Company Yoruba group, prefers to fuse rap with folklore, reggae, dubstep, son, and electronic rhythms. The cubana, who makes ancient sounds timeless, can be heard on “Yo No Soy.”
3. La Reyna y La Real
The mujeres of Cuban duo La Reyna y La Real started as independent artists before joining forces in 2012, femme-ing up the hip-hop scene heavy. Rapping over combined jazz, electronic, reggae, blues, salsa and son sounds, the Black talents explore and reflect on their lives as women, using humor throughout. Catch them on “Si No Te Gusta OK.”
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4. Luz de Cuba
Luz de Cuba is a beloved spoken word poet in her country, shedding light on Cuban womanhood and blackness in every word she spits. Hear her on “Identidad.”
Coming from a family of musicians, Sigrid's own musical style is varied, mixing r&b, neo-soul, rap, son and jazz. Catch her alluring voice on AfroRazones' "Iyami."
6. Renovación Urbana
In this girl-boy duo, Renovación Urbana, made up of director Baniel Roche Corzo and vocalist Yaimel Camps López, fuse hip-hop and dynamiticism to reflect the experience of the public.