First broadcast date: 3 September 2018
Lovemonk present a sweaty Madrid instalment with a focus on the rich Cuban scene in the city that kicked off in earnest during the late 80s and 90s when musicians arrived en masse from Cuba to Spain.
Recorded with thanks at Radio ME Madrid Rooftop Bar.
Interviews and insights come from three Cuban musicians, from three different generations, who have guided and become a backbone to the Latin and jazz scenes in Spain. Toronto based Battle of Santiago talk Cuban emigration and Madrid based record digger, DJ and promoter Javi Bayo, does a guest mix picking songs recorded in Madrid by Latin American musicians based in Spain.
Señorlobo, Lubacov and Duncan Ballantyne represent Lovemonk, a small but eclectic label based in Madrid. Manuel Machado is a trumpet player from Santa Clara in Cuba and was a key member of Irakere, toured extensively with Celia Cruz, Chucho Valdez & Paquito de Rivera and has been part of various mainstream musical projects in Spain. Joining him on the sofa are Ivan “Melón” Lewis, a pianist, producer and leader of the Cuban Swing Express in Spain and saxophonist Ariel Brínguez who plays with Irakere and Chucho Valdés. Battle of Santiago are a troupe of Canadian based ‘inmigrantes’, many from Cuba, who blend Afro Cuban ceremonial music with electronica, noise, jazz and rock. Javi Bayo has been an active member of the Spanish underground scene for over 20 years, being responsible for some of the best club nights in Madrid when it comes to deep soulful sounds.