ˇBienvenidos a Toledo, Orquesta Akokán!
As part of Momentum, Orquesta Akokán performs in downtown Toledo
on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
According to its Facebook account, “Straight out of Havana, Cuba
comes Orquesta Akokán - a blazing presentation of deeply
soulful mambo reminiscent of Benny Moré and banda gigante
of the 1940s and 1950s. The album boasts original songs and was
recorded at the historic state run Areito Studio with Cuba’s
finest players, young and old, led by the venerable and dynamic
singer José “Pepito” Gómez, produced by Chulo Records'
Jacob Plasse, with arrangements by Michael Eckroth.
“The ferocious and pedigreed wind and rhythm sections consist of
musicians from storied groups including Irakere and Los Van
Van. Robust, time-tested musical architectures of Cubano
and mambo are honored and futurized through a synthesis
of grammatical and compositional styles of Havana, New York, and
“Spring 2018 will find this brand new project released on
Daptone Records; their first Spanish language album, one
recorded outside of Daptone's studios, yet bursting with the
label's innate sense of soul, fine-tuned attention to sonic
detail, and songcraft that's timeless and immaculate.”