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Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa

Cuban pianist Omar Sosa is a kinetic spirit, fascinated with multitudinous African cultures and their diaspora kin. His eight recordings for the Otá label have ranged from Afro-Cuban rhythms, to Oaktown funk and beat poetry stemming from his four-year Oakland residency, to the earthy spirituality of Moroccan Gnawa music.

After his brilliant, 2002 Grammy-nominated disc Sentir, which features numerous percussionists and vocalists performing Gnawa- and Yoruban-inspired chants and grooves mixed with jazz piano, Sosa’s latest, Ayaguna, is a decidedly pared-down affair: his piano working in dialogue with Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles.

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