Have you ever heard of Gilles Peterson? You might “know” him, just like me, as Jazz-dj with a great taste of music,saying; This is Worldwide,  from London to Japan…. Gilles Peterson is born in 1964 in France, resides in London and does much more than just dj-ing; he collects records, owns a record label, is a broadcaster and he he has been associated with the careers of amongst others Erykah Badu and Jamiroquai. He started off in the ‘80’s in the pirate radio movement in South London and is currently a worldwide legend. 

Since 2009 he has been collaborating with Havana Club to bring the best of Havana’s musical talent to an international audience through album production, live performances and much more. The Havana Cultura project tours all around the world with Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band, featuring some of today’s best Cuban musicians and artists (Check all the artists from A to Z HERE ) Taking modern Cuban music (that’s a combination of classical Cuban music mixed with jazz, son, salsa, rumba, reggaeton, hip-hop, and timba; totally danceable and completely “my thing”…) out of the studio and onto the dance floor, Gilles Peterson teamed up with Havana Cultura to present Havana Cultura Remixed in 2009, a double album of tracks from his previous album re-imagined by some of the world’s hottest DJs, recorded in the historic Havana studio Egrem and featuring more than 15 rising stars of the Cuban music scene. The 2nd cd was released on November 14 2011.

The kickoff of the European tour recently took place on November 17 last in Amsterdam, and for me it has been one of the best parties of the year.  After Amsterdam London, Paris, Berlin and Istanbul were next.

The Sugar Factory in Amsterdam (yes, it used to be a sugar factory,) has been one of my favourite places to go out to ever since I started going out, and it still has its charm. The concert was held over there and it was super intimate. The band was great, especially Danay, rapper/singer, who lost her voice right before the concert, was amazing. I felt so bad for her, but she really tried to sing anyway. I was grateful she still gave us the chance to hear and see her. I was aware of the fact her voice was not optimal and yet I loved her singing so I cannot wait to hear her again. I even doubted to folllow the European tour and check out the concert last weekend in Berlin too…. I’m a fan!

Gilles Peterson created a unique concept with this project. I loved the fact that the concert took place in a nightclub-setting and turned into a wild party with good dj’s instead of having to sit down and listen to a concert. If the Havana Cultura project/band passes your neighbourhood, don’t doubt. Buy a ticket. Go dance. Sweat! I promise you won’t be dissapointed!

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More info;
Havana Cultura http://www.havana-cultura.com
Interview with/info on Danay Suarez
http://www.havana-cultura.com/en/int/now-showing-havana-cultura#http://www.havana-cultura.com/en/int/cuban-music/danay-suarez-fernandez/cuban-hip-hop
Sugar Factory http://www.sugarfactory.nl

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