Mista Savona dropped me a sneaky preview of his Havana Meets Kingston album over a year ago and it has killed me to sit on it for so long. There have been many similar musical meetings of different countries and cultures over the years, but this has to be one of the best and most organic sounding yet.
The list of luminaries from both sides is incredible and includes members of Buena Vista Social Club, Afro-Cuban All Stars and Los Van Van for the Cubans, whilst Sly & Robbie, Ernest Ranglin, Leroy Sibbles, Burro Banton, The Congos, Turbulence, Sizzla and Lutan Fyah are just a few of the Jamaican team on board.
The album finally gets released in April but this single featuring Solis & Randy Valentine serves as a great introduction. I also understand that there’s live shows planned, sadly too late for us to book it at Boomtown this year, but Randy Valentine will be performing in the Hidden Woods at least. Who knows, if Mista Savona is back around in August he might drop in for another impromptu DJ set on the Lion’s Den also.