In a career spanning more than 20 years and two dozen recordings, Cuban pianist and composer Omar Sosa has methodically constructed a distinctive style. It draws from many sources, including Impressionist composers such as Ravel and Debussy, Cuban pianist Rubén González — an old master who found international fame late in life with the Buena Vista Social Club — and jazz icon Thelonious Monk.
But what truly sets Sosa’s music apart is his broad pan-African approach, in which hip-hop is treated as a dialect of Cuban rumba and North African rhythms can turn seamlessly into a Brazilian groove. In blurring borders and traditions, mixing new technologies and ancient instruments, Sosa often see...
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