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Radio & Podcasts

Omar Sosa, Southern Energy Ens., Dominique Fils-Aimé, Keith Brown - Mixtape

Read "Omar Sosa, Southern Energy Ens., Dominique Fils-Aimé, Keith Brown - Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two hours are so quick to fill and one has to often leave out several tracks that would deserve attention but, for a reason or another (length, similarities to other selections, need for variety and flow etc.), don't find the right spot in the playlist... To partially remedy this situation we have a “companion mixtape" series when it's necessary to share great music in addition to that which is included in our regular show.Happy listening!Playlist Southern ...

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Album Review

Omar Sosa: An East African Journey

Read "An East African Journey" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Back in 2009, Omar Sosa took part in an eight-stop trio tour of East Africa. Serving multiple purposes, it gave the pianist a chance to work with Senegalese singer Mola Sylla and Mozambican bassist Childo Tomas while connecting with the people, operated as the subject for a French-funded documentary and provided an opportunity for cross-cultural collaborations to blossom in the field. Every time Sosa touched down in a new spot his hosts with Alliance Française helped him connect with local ...

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Profile

Omar Sosa: Building Bridges Not Walls

Read "Omar Sosa: Building Bridges Not Walls" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Cuban-born pianist, Omar Sosa is a passionate man. Music, religion, family, his relationship to the planet—all these are inseparable to an artist whose musical world is steeped in the Afro-Cuban heritage that he draws upon so personally and individually in his work. Spinning culinary metaphors to describe the processes of music-making, he sings the praises of the musicians from so many different cultures with whom he collaborates. But most of all, he is passionate in his concern for the environment ...

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Album Review

Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares: Aguas

Read "Aguas" reviewed by Matt Hooke


Omar Sosa is an artist whose music is always in flux. With each new album, Sosa presents new aspects of himself and brings in new collaborators to expand his Afro-Cuban-rooted music. Aguas is no exception to this, as it sees Sosa moving in an opposite direction from his explorations in 2017's fantastic Transparent Water, which, at its core, is a roots music record, with Sosa, and Senegalese Kora virtuoso Seckou Keita, blending Afro-Cuban tradition with the West African. Aguas a ...

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Album Review

Omar Sosa: Es:sensual

Read "Es:sensual" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Cuban-born pianist Omar Sosa's music, be it presented in solo performances or conjured by a small-or medium-sized group, has always drawn on confidential mysticism. But that's not to say that his work doesn't lend itself to large-scale interpretation. With Ceremony (Otá Records, 2010) Sosa came out of the candlelit realms and shadows, bringing his music into full light by teaming up with Brazilian cellist-arranger Jaques Morelenbaum and Germany's NDR Big Band to stretch his worldly designs onto larger canvases. Now, ...

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Live Review

Omar Sosa At SFJAZZ

Read "Omar Sosa At SFJAZZ" reviewed by Walter Atkins


SFJAZZ, Miner AuditoriumOmar Sosa TourSan Francisco CAApril 21, 2017 Acclaimed pianist Omar Sosa quietly took the unlit stage with only a single candle providing limited illumination. He silently started his show with a solemn keyboard solo. Respected SF Bay Area percussionist and educator John Santos then entered from the opposite side and joined in. The process continued until the last group member was onstage, contributing to the percussive mix. The full lineup consisted of: Sosa, ...


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