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The first ever album collaboration between Jamaican & Cuban musicians, to be recorded in Havana. Every moment captured on film.
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HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON

A Journey To Unite The Music Of Cuba & Jamaica

Australian producer and keyboardist Jake Savona is bringing together a small team of dedicated Australian musicians and filmmakers to travel to the Caribbean this year. 

Their mission - to bring Jamaican and Cuban musicians together in the recording studio for the first time ever. 

Their dream - to create an incredible album and film from this historic meeting. They are asking for your help to make this dream a reality.

 Despite Cuba and Jamaica being two of the world's most influential musical nations (and only 90 miles apart), there has been very little musical collaboration between the two islands - until now.

This project will fire up a melting pot of traditional and contemporary Cuban and Jamaican music, and intends to explore and develop new styles and sounds as we bring some of the best musicians from both islands together for the first time in Havana. Presenting a truly international musical experience, this will also be the first album sung simultaneously in Spanish, English and Jamaican Patois.

Inspired in part by Juan de Marcos González and Ry Cooder's 'Buena Vista' project, Jake Savona will bring established and emerging Cuban and Jamaican musicians together with his Australian team to create an outstanding and original album that celebrates both traditional and modern styles of music.

Key Jamaican and Cuban artists that have been confirmed for this landmark project include: 


Sly and Robbie 

The prolific Jamaican rhythm and production duo with careers spanning over 40 years. They have produced and recorded with artists as diverse as Gilberto Gil, Peter Tosh, Stephen & Damian Marley, Santana, Sean Paul, Grace Jones, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Sinéad O'Connor and many more. 

Barbarito Torres and other members of the famed 'Buena Vista Social Club' 

Famed for his role in the Afro Cuban All Stars and the Buena Vista Social Club, Barbarito Torres is a traditional Cuban Laud virtuoso and seasoned musical director. His exceptional musicianship is at the heart of the 'Buena Vista' album.

Leroy Sibbles (Heptones) 

Leroy Sibbles has been described as 'the greatest all-round talent in reggae history'. As well as his role as the lead singer of the Heptones, he has also performed and recorded as a musician, arranger and producer at many of Jamaica's top studios including Coxsone Dodd's famous Studio One. 

Changuito

José Luis Quintana - aka Changuito - is one of the most important Cuban percussionists of all time, and a hugely influential figure in the development of Afro-Cuban music over the last four decades.

Bongo Herman

A Jamaican hand-drummer, percussionist and singer who has had a successful career stretching back to the early 1960s. He has performed & recorded alongside nearly all of Jamaica's greatest artists including Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, The Abysinnians, Beenie Man, The Congos, Sizzla, Chronixx & many more.

Randy Valentine

Rising star Randy Valentine is a versatile Jamaican born singer/songwriter/producer based in London. He has been making waves internationally with his collaborations with Major Lazer, as well as enjoying worldwide acclaim for his new EP 'Still Pushing'.

Also featured will be Cuban legends Amidito Dedeu, Efrain Morales, Jacinto Herrara and many many more artists to be announced. 

The international artists will come together to record at Havana's famed Egrem studios in Cuba. Over the course of eight days, the musicians will collaborate, compose and improvise together to create an incredible full length album. By bringing such gifted and established musicians into a unique recording situation, we intend to showcase the best of each island's musical heritage as well as encourage completely new fusions of styles.

The eight days recording in Cuba will only be one aspect of the recording process. Further overdubs incorporating many more vocalists and musicians will take place in Jamaica and Australia following the sessions in Cuba. The completed album will be mixed and mastered in Australia.

HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON: THE DOCUMENTARY 

To honour this historical meeting of cultures, we are enlisting the help of internationally acclaimed filmmakers Rick Mereki and Lauren Beck to document every moment. With your help, they will produce an independent film which celebrates the music and stories of the artists & musicians involved in this monumental project.

Rick Mereki

Rick Mereki has been hailed as one of the most original and exciting young directors to emerge from Australia. His innovative and dynamic approach to filmmaking manages to imbue in his work both beauty and a humanistic quality. Following the viral success of his films MOVE, EAT and LEARN which received a combined 25 million views online, Mereki was included in the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase at Cannes in 2012.  

https://vimeo.com/27246366

rickmereki.com

Lauren Rosa Beck

Lauren Rosa Beck has worked alongside Rick Mereki producing travel films across the globe. In addition to her role as a producer, she has also designed numerous award winning films and music videos. She has recently been working on commercial feature films including Jemaine Clement’s Sundance Nominated ‘People Places Things’. 

laurenrosebeck.com

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4726998/

Lara Merrington

Lara Merrington is photographer and project curator from Australia. She has spent much of her career covering live music events and musicians. Clients include: Womadelaide, Berlin Festival, Falls Festival, Mona Foma, Faster Louder and Slow Travel Berlin. Winner of the 2010 Ruth Tuck Visual Arts Scholarship, she has completed residencies in Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Berlin and speaks fluent Spanish.

  http://fourlinesmeet.com

FEATURED AUSTRALIAN MUSICIANS

The key Australian artists accompanying Jake Savona (aka Mista Savona) to the Caribbean are Javier Fredes, Nui Moon and Julian Goyma. 

Javier Fredes

Javier Fredes is widely regarded as one of the best Latin percussion players in Australia. He has travelled to Cuba extensively to perform, record and study. He will be instrumental in co-ordinating the Cuban musicians and recording sessions for this project as well as playing an important role in the compositions and performances. Javier has built an amazing network there amongst the island's top musicians. He is highly respected in Cuba itself, and a master in the Santeria tradition - a rich mystic tradition that is at the roots of Afro-Cuban music. 

Nui Moon

Nui Moon Aka ‘Future Roots’ is a Melbourne producer and percussionist commanding a broad range of traditional percussion instruments from around the globe. He has performed with the likes of Mulatu Astake, Ganga Giri, Black Jesus Experience and Yothu Yindi.

Julian Goyma

Julian Goyma is a renowned Melbourne based drummer & teacher involved in a diverse range of projects. He currently performs with Blue King Brown, The Bombay Royale, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and Mista Savona.

WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO

There are many costs associated with creating an album and documentary of this scale. We have successfully secured support from the Australia Council to help with the recording costs in Cuba and Australia. We now need your assistance with international travel costs, studio and equipment hire, engineer and artist fees, legal expenses and permits for our artists and film crew.

We have set our funding target as modestly as possible, requesting the minimum amount still needed to make this project possible. If we do exceed our target however, we will use the additional funds to include more high profile artists on the recordings such as:

Damian Marley, Mos Def, Busy Signal, Chronixx, Omara Portuondo, Tanya Stephens, Jesse Royal, Tarrus Riley and more.  

Further funding also allows us more time in the recording studios, as well as additional time filming in the streets, studios and homes of our artists in Cuba and Jamaica. 

With your support, we can create a truly groundbreaking album and film to share with you.

WHAT CAN WE OFFER YOU

To thank our supporters we are offering a huge range of rewards. Many of these will only be available through this Kickstarter campaign and will not be made available for commercial release.  

We are truly grateful for every contribution large or small. This project could not be made possible without your help.

Risks and challenges

We have a fantastic team of musicians who are experienced in recording and delivering quality albums.

Our filmmakers have travelled the world to some of the most remote locations to document stories that inspire.

We truly believe in this project and are working around the clock to share this project with you.

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    THE DIGITAL ALBUM. For your pledge you'll receive the advanced digital download of our album - the first ever Jamaican and Cuban musical collaboration to be recorded in Havana.

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    THE DIGITAL ALBUM + BONUS TRACK (Only available through Kickstarter) + THE DIGITAL REMIX ALBUM! Of course once the album is recorded & mixed, we're going to ask all our favourite artists around the world to remix and re-work this amazing project. Artists and friends we're hitting up are Benny Page, Liquid Stranger, Opiuo, Stickybuds, Spoonbill, Hermitude, Yuli Fershtat aka Perfect Stranger, DJ Wasabi, Monkey Marc, Ed Solo, Banx & Ranx, Dov1, Beats Antique & many more to be announced.

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    VINYL LP in hand! We'll send you a vinyl LP of the new album (most likely double album, ie. 2 x LP's) + Digital Album + DIGITAL BONUS TRACK

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    THE SHIRT PACK. An original t-shirt featuring cool artwork that we'll be using for the CD & Vinyl release (only available via this Kickstarter). Plus CD ALBUM in hand + DIGITAL BONUS TRACK.

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    THE TOTAL MUSIC PACKAGE - One copy of everything we've mentioned so far! That's an early release CD ALBUM in hand, VINYL LP in hand + T-SHIRT + DIGITAL ALBUM + bonus digital track + DIGITAL REMIX ALBUM + limited edition poster of artists. Kickstarter only. Awesome value!

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    THE MUSIC LOVER. Four tickets to any Mista Savona club show that we may be putting on anywhere in the world (as well as Australia we regularly tour Europe, UK, India and the US)* + CD ALBUM in hand + DIGITAL ALBUM + bonus digital track + Digital Remix Album. (*Travel & Accommodation not included).

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    THE COLLECTOR'S PACK. Signed copy of Mista Savona's 2007 classic & groundbreaking release 'MELBOURNE MEETS KINGSTON' on double LP (which is now out of print by the way) + CD ALBUM in hand, VINYL LP in hand + T-SHIRT + DIGITAL ALBUM + bonus digital track + DIGITAL REMIX ALBUM + limited edition quality print of artists + YOUR NAME in the album and film credits!

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    A 1 hour personal keyboard and/or music production lesson with Mista Savona in either Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Byron Bay (or for our international friends a 1 hour Skype session) + CD ALBUM in hand + DIGITAL ALBUM + bonus digital track + YOUR NAME in the album & film credits.

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    THE MOVIE LOVER PACK. Your own signed copy of the exclusive behind the scenes DVD (not for commercial release) + Four tickets to the Melbourne Film Screening + THE TOTAL MUSIC PACKAGE - That's early release CD ALBUM in hand, VINYL LP in hand + T-SHIRT + DIGITAL ALBUM + bonus digital track + DIGITAL REMIX ALBUM + limited edition poster of artists + YOUR NAME in the album and film credits. Kickstarter only.

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    A pair of Drum Sticks SIGNED BY SLY DUNBAR (of Sly & Robbie fame) + CD ALBUM in hand + DIGITAL ALBUM + bonus digital track + YOUR NAME in the album & film credits.

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    THE ARTIST- Your very own original commissioned art work. Choose your favourite musician from the project and Taleen will create a unique 'Acrylic On Vinyl' artwork for you to keep. You can see an example of her work entitled 'Prince Alla' in the updates section of this campaign. You will also receive the TOTAL MUSIC PACKAGE! Kickstarter only.

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    THE RING RING A DING PACK. You will receive a personalised answering phone message recorded by our musicians and sound crew in Havana! + your name in the album & film credits + THE TOTAL MUSIC PACKAGE. That's early release CD ALBUM in hand + VINYL LP in hand + T-SHIRT + DIGITAL ALBUM + bonus digital track + DIGITAL REMIX ALBUM + limited edition poster of artists. Kickstarter only.

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    YOUR OWN SHOW. (Melbourne Only)
    Mista Savona together with a guest DJ of his choice will perform a one hour live back-to-back DJ set at your house (or warehouse) party! + You will also get YOUR NAME in the album and film credits + Signed copy of THE TOTAL MUSIC PACKAGE - That's early release CD ALBUM in hand + VINYL LP in hand + T-SHIRT + DIGITAL ALBUM + bonus digital track + DIGITAL REMIX ALBUM + limited edition poster of artists + DVD. Kickstarter only.

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    THE ULTIMATE PROMOTION- A full page film credit for your band, brand, logo or label. Jake Savona, Rick Mereki and Lauren Beck will also make individual public announcements to thank you on their respective facebook pages + you get THE TOTAL MUSIC PACKAGE. Kickstarter only.

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    YOUR OWN LIVE SHOW. (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Byron Bay Only)
    Mista Savona and special guest vocalist will perform a one hour live DJ set at your house (or warehouse) party! + You will also get YOUR NAME in the album and film credits + Signed copy of THE TOTAL MUSIC PACKAGE - That's early release CD ALBUM in hand + VINYL LP in hand + T-SHIRT + DIGITAL ALBUM + bonus digital track + DIGITAL REMIX ALBUM + limited edition poster of artists + Exclusive Autographed DVD. Kickstarter only.

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    LIFETIME ENTRY to Mista Savona concerts. You will also receive an executive producer credit in the film and your name in the album credits + Signed copy of THE TOTAL MUSIC PACKAGE - That's early release CD ALBUM in hand + VINYL LP in hand + T-SHIRT + DIGITAL ALBUM + bonus digital track + DIGITAL REMIX ALBUM + limited edition poster of artists + Exclusive Autographed DVD + Tickets to the Melbourne Film Screening. Kickstarter only. (* Lifetime entry does not include festival appearances).

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    STUDIO EXPERIENCE.
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    Spend a day in the recording studio with Mista Savona and featured artists as they create this album! You will be invited to dine with the artists, have the opportunity to witness the collaborative experience first hand, and have your visit documented by a professional film crew. You will also receive an executive producer film credit, a special thank you in the album cover and of course receive an autographed copy of THE TOTAL MUSIC PACKAGE. Please note that travel costs are not included.

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    MUSIC VIDEO PACKAGE FOR BANDS - World renowned director Rick Mereki, with the help of producer Lauren Beck, will create, shoot and edit a music video for your band or solo music project. Send us your track of choice and Rick will devise a unique concept to match your music and deliver you a completed video. (Song must be less than 5 minutes long)

    Please note that the concept will be the directors choice and that the music video may not feature the band or artist. This offer is open to musicians across the world.

    You will also receive your band/artist name in the documentary film and album credits and, of course a signed copy of THE TOTAL MUSIC PACKAGE. This is a once in a lifetime offer.

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