Album Review: The Creole Choir of Cuba – ‘Santiman’

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By Simon Miller Created: January 25, 2013 Last Updated: March 29, 2013
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The Creole Choir of Cuba – ‘Santiman’ (Real World)

The Creole Choir of Cuba – ‘Santiman’ (Real World)

Descendants of exiles from Haiti who endured various eras of repression, these singers celebrate the diversity of their ethnic roots. There’s everything from elegiac choral pieces with rich vocal harmonies to exuberant Caribbean rhythm sections that at times recall the spirit of Buena Vista Social Club whilst also evoking older roots that go back to West Africa. Many of the poignant songs about survival and hope have been handed down through the generations. Marina Fernando Collazo’s moving solo part leads the Choir on a fitting closing song -- the story of an orphaned child begging for help which exemplifies the heart-felt pieces on Santiman.

Rating: 4 / 5

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