Ballet de las Antillas
The “Afro-Cuban Roots” project is a journey to the origins of my roots, Afro Cuban, European and Pan-American. It is important to understand the phenomenon of trans-culturalization, diaspora and common knowledge spread and shared among the Caribbean, North America, South American and the entire pan African regions to appreciate the strong music connections that this project brings about. The natural marriage between the folkloric rhythms, dances and melodies of the Afro-Caribbean heritage with the contemporary sound of Jazz, blues and classical ballets traditions is the unifying element that distinguishes this project.
Some of the challenges to undertake was to use the sacred “Bata” drums of the legacy from the Yoruba Culture as the heart of the ensemble and to incorporate the aesthetic and traditions of European classical ballet.
Afro-Cuban Roots is a project that represents a journey through the African, European, and Pan-American roots of Cuba. These roots are also common to the most parts of America and other Caribbean countries in which the process of trans-culturalization of the same African Diaspora developed into very contrasting musical styles. The geographical proximity between these countries made possible a constant interaction in which these diverse musical styles influenced each other. The musical symbiosis that have existed for more than a century between the ancestral folkloric rhythms and melodies of the Afro-Caribbean heritage and the modern sounds of Jazz and Blues is the distinctive and unifying element that distinguishes this project.