imagen November 14, Hip-O Records/Universal Music Enterprises released “Rhythms del Mundo”, a collaborative record that unites members of the Buena Vista Social Club with their pasty white musical brethren. After obtaining permission from the various bands to modify their material, the Cuban collective (under the guidance of arranger Demitrio Muniz) created brand new backing tracks for the original vocals of songs by the original artists. Sting contributes with his “Fragilidad” vocals.
The musicians who play on the album include Barbarito Torres, Amandito Valdes, Virgilio Valdes, Angel Terri Domech, Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal, and Orlando “Cachaito” Lopez.
Rhythms del Mundo benefits Artists Project Earth, a non-profit that aids natural disaster victims and helps raise awareness of climate change problems.
We’d say you really have to be a die hard fan for this stuff, anyway, it is for a good cause. You can listen at them via the project website.
The tracklist is as following:
1 Coldplay – “Clocks”
2 Jack Johnson – “Better Together”
3 Arctic Monkeys – “Dancing Shoes”
4 Dido & Faithless – “One Step Too Far”
5 Ibrahim Ferrer – “As Time Goes By”
6 U2 and Coco Freeman – “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
7 Maroon 5 – “She Will Be Loved”
8 Kaiser Chiefs – “Modern Way”
9 Omara Portuondo – “Killing Me Softly”
10 Vanya Borges feat. Quincy Jones – “Ai No Corrida” *
11 Sting – “Fragilidad”
12 Vanya Borges – “Don’t Know Why” *
13 Aquila Rose & Idana Valdez – “Hotel Buena Vista”
14 Coco Freeman & Franz Ferdinand – “The Dark of the Matinee”
15 El Lele de Los Van Van and Radiohead – “High and Dry”
16 Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo – “Casablanca” (As Time Goes By)
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