Since leaving Cuba in 1993 and his first albums (Omar Omar and Free Roots, in 1997), Omar Sosa has been on quite a journey. The pianist's thrilling melting pot music is rooted in his Afro-Cuban background, jazz, hip hop, electro, world music and Yoruba spirituality. He formed an incredible trio with Paolo Fresu and Trilok Gurtu to visit us in 2016 for his thirtieth album (Eros). Following Transparent Water bottled with Seckou Keita's kora and the faithful Cuban percussionist Gustavo Ovalles, the Es:sensual (2018) escape with the NDR Bigband and Jacques Morelenbaum, the pianist in white is back with the singer and violinist Yilian Cañizares (born in Havana, based in Switzerland). They've just recorded Agua together, another album devoted to water and specifically Oshun, the goddess of love and spirit of rivers. Something special was sparked with Yilian who came into the public eye with two vibrant albums (Ochumare and Invocacíon). Omar Sosa: "Agua reflects our traditions, our emotions and our nostalgia. I'm 53, Yilian is 35, and together we create meditative music that exudes modesty, peace and dignity. No gimmicks! Everyone thinks that Cuban music is fabulous and should make you want to dance but Cuba has so much more to offer."
Line-up : Omar Sosa (p), Yilian Cañizares (v, vln), Gustavo Ovalles (perc)
Crédit photo : © F. Socha