DAPTONE RECORDS’ ORQUESTA AKOKÁN RETURNS STATESIDE FOR COAST TO COAST TOUR IN SUPPORT OF THE EXPLOSIVE CUBAN BIG BAND’S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED ALBUM ORQUESTA AKOKÁN
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DAPTONE RECORDS’ ORQUESTA AKOKÁN
RETURNS STATESIDE FOR COAST TO COAST TOUR
IN SUPPORT OF THE EXPLOSIVE CUBAN BIG BAND’S
CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED ALBUM ORQUESTA AKOKÁN
“Vocalist Pepito Gómez has a siren sound that reaches right back into the 1940s, embracing that affinity with a new band featuring some of the island’s greatest instrumentalists.” –The New York Times
“It is a loving tribute to the sax and brass-driven orchestras of the past that operated like one giant rhythm machine… ‘Orquesta Akokán’ is a joy. Listeners who are not aware of the history behind the music will enjoy it simply because it is a damn good record.”
“It’s the strength of the artists that makes this high-energy album stand out among recent recording excursions in Cuba.”
“Explodes with passion.”
New York, NY – Critically-acclaimed as one of the best albums of 2018, Orquesta Akokán’s self-titled debut release for the venerable soul label Daptone Records – the label’s first Spanish language album – is a transformative and modern mambo recording that exquisitely captures the spirit of pre-revolutionary Cuba by today’s foremost Cuban musicians. The powerhouse big band collective returns to the United States for its biggest tour to date, following a blockbuster set at NYC’s globalFEST and a headlining performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Hailing straight out of Havana, Cuba, Orquesta Akokán is a fierce orchestra of deeply soulful mambo reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and La Banda Gigante of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Orquesta Akokán boasts an all-original lineup of compositions recorded at the historic state-run Estudios Areito with a multi-generational cast of Cuba’s finest players. The album is led by the inimitable singer José “Pepito” Gómez with incendiary arrangements by Michael Eckroth, and it was produced by Chulo Records’ Jacob Plasse. The ferocious wind and rhythm sections of Orquesta Akokán consist of musicians from storied groups including Irakere, NG La Banda, and Los Van Van. Robust, time-tested musical architectures of son cubano and mambo are honored and contemporized through a synthesis of the rich compositional styles of Havana, New York, and beyond.
NPR hails Orquesta Akokán as harnessing, “a groove as intense as a runaway train.” The blazing hot collection of originals quickly caught the attention of critics across the globe with more than a dozen “Best Albums of 2018” nods and award nominations, including a GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Tropical Latin Album.” Among the media outlets touting Orquesta Akokán on their “Best Of” lists are NPR’s alt.Latino, PRI’s “The World,” The Sunday Times, and others. In addition to the GRAMMY’s, award nominations were acknowledged by the “2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards” and “2018 Latin American Music Awards,” and Orquesta Akokán won a “2019 Songlines Music Award – Americas.”
To view Orquesta Akokán’s EPK, please Click Here. Please view official music videos for “Un Tabaco para Elegua” (Link) and “Mambo Rapidito” (Link), and live performance videos can be viewed on the band’s You Tube channel.
Orquesta Akokán is available for interviews upon request.