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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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’.
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.
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 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 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 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.
WHAT CAN WE OFFER YOUTo 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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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