AfroCubism, the World Circuit project that involves some of the best contemporary musicians from Mali and Cuba, has been nominated for a Grammy Award. This is a very dear project to us, also because some of the protagonists of Mali-Cuba: Music Across Generations are the sons, daughters, nephews and grandchildren of the AfroCubism musicians from Mali. Congratulations to AfroCubism and to World Circuit for another Grammy nomination!!
Press release from World Circuit:
AfroCubism nominated for Grammy Award
World Circuit Records are pleased to announce that the self-titled album by the Malian / Cuban super-group AfroCubism has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best World Music Album. The 54th annual Grammy Awards will be held on 12 February 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in the US on CBS 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
AfroCubism was an idea originally conceived of in 1996 to bring the foremost Cuban musicians and their Malian counterparts together on one recording. As it turned out the Malians couldn’t make it to Cuba so an exclusively Cuban album was recorded instead. This went on to be the multi-million selling Buena Vista Social Club.
14 years later the 13 piece all-star cast of musicians including Eliades Ochoa, Djelimady Tounkara, Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate and Kasse Mady Diabaté reconvened and recorded ‘AfroCubism’. Released in October 2010 the album universally lived up to the high expectations which preceded it.
“an elegant, gently exquisite album” The Guardian ««««
“thrilling” Uncut ««««
“The top table Afro-Cuban team-up that Buena Vista should have been” MOJO ««««
“a cross-cultural tour de force” The Times ««««
Key members of the group have been awarded Grammys for previous projects; Toumani Diabaté for both of his duet albums with Ali Farka Touré; and Eliades Ochoa for Buena Vista Social Club.
For more information on AfroCubism, including videos, image gallery, album artwork, tour dates and more visit www.worldcircuit.co.uk.