· HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON announce full 15-piece band debut international tour
· Lineup features MISTA SAVONA, SLY & ROBBIE, BARBARITO TORRES & ROLANDO LUNA (Buena Vista Social Club), JULITO PADRON (Irakere), YAROLDY ABREU (Chucho Valdes), BOPEE (Inna de Yard), RANDY VALENTINE, BRENDA NAVARETTE, SOLIS and more.
· Five performances only – BRISBANE – ADELAIDE – SYDNEY – MELBOURNE – NEW PLYMOUTH. Tix on sale now.
· HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON (album) reaches #3 on Billboard Reggae Charts + # 10 on Billboard World Music Charts, and reaches #1 on iTunes World Music Charts in Canada, # 2 in USA, and Top 5 in Germany, Switzerland and France on debut.
Mista Savona, Destroy All Lines, ABC Music and The Wildfire Agency are thrilled to announce that the HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON 15 piece ‘Super Group’ will make their debut live appearances in Australia and New Zealand in March 2018. Playing dates at WOMADelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and WOMAD NZ, this is a world first tour, not to be missed!
A live sound clash with a difference, bringing roots reggae, dub and dancehall together with son, salsa and rumba The HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON band boasts a world-class lineup of musicians: the legendary rhythm section of SLY & ROBBIE (JA) and Band Leader MISTA SAVONA – Keys (AU), are joined by BARBARITO TORRES – Tres/Laud (CU) and ROLANDO LUNA – Piano (CU) from the Buena Vista Social Club, JULITO PADRON from Irakere – Trumpets/Vocals (CU), YAROLDY ABREU from Chucho Valdes – Percussion (CU), RANDY VALENTINE – Vocals (JA/UK), BRENDA NAVARETTE – Vocals/Percussion (CU), SOLIS – Vocals (CU), BOPEE from Inna de Yard – Guitar (JA), OLIVER VALDES – Percussion (CU) and a supporting Australian Horn section.
The innovative, culture-centric HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON album – which was released on November 3rd this year – paired legendary and emerging Cuban and Jamaican musicians to re-imagine classic songs and create new compositions – all infused with Jamaican reggae and dancehall as well as traditional Cuban and Afro-Cuban rhythms. HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON is the first full-length project to present the blended sounds of these two distinct island nations supported by an all-star cast of musicians.
The album has received rave reviews and chart recognition on both Billboard’s Reggae & World Music Charts and Top 5 on iTunes World Charts in Canada, USA, Switzerland, Germany and France on debut with Huffington Post declaring “All I can say is wow! What a great album. If you miss Havana Meets Kingston, there’s something wrong somewhere. This album will grace many if not most Best Album of the year lists”.
In Australia, taste-makers Double J, 2SER and PBS have given it Feature Album status, with other stations such as Triple R and Radio Adelaide also delivering strong support, while The Australian and The Music both gave HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON 4 star reviews, with The Music stating “‘Havana Meets Kingston’ seriously has no business being as funky as it is.”.
For generations, Cuba and Jamaica have been at the forefront of trends in music, art, fashion and food throughout the Americas. HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON meshes these musical pathways, effortlessly blending Cuban rhythms and melodies with reggae’s rumbling basslines and hypnotic drums. The result is an exceptional listening experience and what promises to be an unforgettable live experience. Get your tickets now!
THURSDAY 8 MARCH
THE TIVOLI THEATRE QLD
SUNDAY 11 MARCH
WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH
THE ENMORE THEATRE NSW
THURSDAY 15 MARCH
THE FORUM VIC
SATURDAY 17 MARCH