Just before we left for Cuba to record for this podcast, Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Raga Cubana feat. Roman Diaz, had an intimate concert to get ready for our sold out concert a month later at the Rubin Museum of Art.
Here we are trying new things and feeling the hometown energy and love from the Raga Massive Jam Session at the Art Cafe
Last month, maestro Román Díaz brought a world class group of Afro-Cuban musicians to perform with the Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars during the artist collective’s epic residency at Pioneer Works. We’ll share the recording of that innovative concert, where, for the first time, sarod, bansuri and Carnatic violin dialogue with Afro-Cuban vocals and the sacred Batá drums. This concert will air on WKCR 89.9 FM 7-9pm Sunday May 22nd.
Raga Cubana is:
Román Díaz ( conductor, Batá: Iyá )
Giancarlo Luigi (Shekere)
Clemente la Tierra (Batá: Okónkolo)
Melvis Santa (vocals)
Folasona Olorunsola (Batá: Itótele)
Camila Celin (Sarod)
Ehren Hanson Ttabla)
Jay Gandhi (Bansuri)
David Ellenbogen (Guitar)
Arun Ramamurthy (Violin)
Michael Gam (Bass)
A legendary percussionist, Román Díaz is a pillar of the New York City Afro-Cuban folkloric tradition and one of the music’s great innovators. He is considered an Olú Aña or “keeper of the sacred drum” Before his Raga Cubana concert with the Brooklyn Raga Massive (we hope to share that soon!) he gave this workshop where he spoke of the legends, history and musical foundations of Afro-Cuban Music.