The musics of Cuba and Africa are so enmeshed that it can be tough to tell where one ends and the other begins. But who cares? It’s all great music, and we hear Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean sounds from both sides of the Atlantic this week. Not coincidentally, today is the birthday of Celia Cruz.
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Kekele “Affaire Mokuwa” from Congo Life
Rebel Tumbao “Them Belly Full/El Refugio/La Protesta” from Rebel Tumbao
Papá Noel “Bon Samaritain” from Bel Ami
Celia Cruz “Sugar Sugar” from The Rough Guide to Celia Cruz
Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta “¡Cafeteando!” from Fonografic
Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano “Jokoh Jokoh” from Heritage
Habana Abierta “Bailala Bien” from Boomerang
Mario Canonge & Hann’ “Baila Mulata” from Salsa Creole
Set break — KAOS Community Billboard
Grand Afro Cuban Orchestra of Generoso Jiminez “Dame un chance” from Generoso Que Bueno Toca Usted
Bembeya Jazz & Bembeya Jazz National “Gbapie” from Bembeya
Obrador “La negra tomasa” from Obrador
Ogun Afrobeat “Oro Le Gbo” from Koko Iroyin
Ska Cubano “!Ay Caramba!” from !Ay Caramba!
Orchestra Baobab “Ami Kita Bay” from Made In Dakar
Palo! “La Habana Buena” from This Is Afro-Cuban Funk
Wendo Kolosoy “Soki olingi ngai” from Marie Louise
Santero “Cabio Sile” from El Hijo de Obatala
Bio Ritmo “Bionic Boogaloo” from Bionico
Celia Cruz “El No Te Quiere Na’” from Mi Vida Es Cantar
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou “Finlin Ho” from Madjafalao
Set break — Spin The Globe world music concert calendar
Le T.P. OK Jazz & Franco “Alimatou” from Francophonic
The Garifuna Collective “Mongulu” from Ayo
Terrakota “Gira Giro” from Oxalá
Alsarah & The Nubatones “Albahr” from Manara
Derek Gripper “Duga” from Libraries on Fire