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Imaginary Cuba

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Habana Transmission 1# / Avisale A la Vecina Dub
4:57
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Para Clave Y Guaguanco
Artist: Amado De Jesus DeDeu Hemandez
3:03
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Loungin With F.E.
Artist: Frank Emilio
1:08
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Chacon and Daniel
4:25
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Dejala En La Puntica
Artist: Amado De Jesus DeDeu Hemandez
2:20
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Habana Transmission 2# / Cuban Evolution
4:39
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Los Ibellis
6:37
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Habana Transmission 3# / Shango Sound Scan
Artist: Los Ibellis
4:43
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Hombre Lobo, No! Hombre Nuevo, Si
3:47
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Guerillero Heroico [El Che Vive!]
3:33
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Shango
Artist: Los Ibellis
1:15
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Pompa At The House
Artist: Guillermo Pompa
1:52
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Madre No Me Pida In Dub
Artist: Raul Planas
3:36
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Chaos In The Heat [Last Transmission]
4:48
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Drafting Shadows / Leaving La Habana [Peaceful]
6:34
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 57:17

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They Say All Music Guide

Bassist and producer Bill Laswell has dabbled in several varieties of African music over the long and circuitous course of his career, with uneven results. But Latin America is a region he’s left largely alone, until now. Imaginary Cuba finds him taking an approach somewhat similar to the one he employed on his Off World One project — building on a foundation of field recordings, he constructs complex and often dub-inflected sound collages that sound like no one but Laswell while still maintaining respect for the music’s origins. Laswell’s distinctive bass style — heavy, yet almost singingly melodic — and his penchant for dubwise echo and fade techniques are what make this music recognizably his, but the raw materials that form its basis come from Cuban artists like Tata Guines, Frank Emilio, and the Septeto Nacional. Massed, trance-inducing drums, musichall piano, call-and-response vocals, and various unidentified stringed instruments are all part of the mix, and the rhythmic stew that Laswell cooks up using all of these ingredients is rich, thick, and spicy. Highly recommended. – Rick Anderson

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