The first official release of Folklore Urbano NYC’s newest production (El Barrio Project-SALSA), Black is Beautiful, bridges continents and cultures, conveying a message of unity as a catalyst for healing and change.
Written by Cruz “Chino” Melao and Pablo Mayor, the lyrics are at the heart of the song, nodding to the struggle of African people throughout history and the ongoing dream for freedom which is still at the heart of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is not a message only for African people, it is a call for unity of people from all races to celebrate the beauty of people of color. It is a call to “Come on board” and spread love.
The mix of the West African Beninese rhythm “Tchinkoume” with Cha-cha-chá, represents the vision of Pablo Mayor for a #GlobalSalsa in this new album. Benin-born Parisian Laurent Hounsavi sings in the West African dialects of fon and yoruba, and his presence along with the rhythm and language from his native country Benin, draws a direct line to the continent of Africa which historically has provided the backbone to much of the music from Latin America, specifically salsa. The percussion parts recorded by Puerto Rican/Cuban maestro Oreste Abrantes, and the legendary bass lines of Rubén Rodríguez, together with Pablo Mayor’s renowned energetic, bright horn lines executed by NYC’s elite jazz and Latin instrumentalists, carry the sounds of NYC salsa, with its rich Puerto Rican, Cuban, and jazz roots.
El Barrio Project-SALSA, the fourth production of Folklore Urbano NYC, in collaboration with songwriter and Co-Executive Producer Nick Chavarria, is the vision of Pablo Mayor, the artistic director of Folklore Urbano NYC, continuing his quest for #GlobalMusicToUnify.
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