SUMO y Los Hermanos Del Alma – Oya (Official Video)
The debut single from SUMO and Los Hermanos del Alma, Oya, is an innovative and powerful combination of Afro-Cuban percussions meeting afro-funk elements, carried by a traditional and spiritual Yoruba song.
Since its inception in the late 1990s, Sumo has explored a wide range of musical genres, including electro, soul, funk, hip-hop, and dub. The band, which is comprised of brothers Alex (guitar, vocals) and Fred Sumi (bass, production), remains true to their original state of mind and does not confine themselves to a single musical style, instead of going on a perpetual creative voyage.
“Oya” is the sixth opus in the “Oya” series, and it continues the voyage by exploring new boundaries, rhythms, and sounds. The trio relocated to Cuba, where two previous tours (the Habanarte festival in 2016 and the Cubadisco festival in 2017) had resulted in lifelong connections and memories. Sumo found his Cuban soul brothers in this new voyage, and the two of them formed the band “Sumo y Los Hermanos del Alma.”
The end product is both interesting and fulminating at the same time. “Oya” is an Afro-Cuban rock album a type of UFO with a variety of sounds, including afro-beat, rock-fusion, Latin-jazz, and Afro-Cuban soul vocals… Two weeks of recording sessions in Havana with a group of elite Cuban musicians and vocalists allowed for this album to be conceptualised in its entirety: two weeks of total immersion.
Oya is an enthralling album with multiple and diverse levels of listening that will never weary music enthusiasts who are always on the lookout for new and exciting discoveries and excursions. Interestingly, it is no coincidence that the album brings together such a diverse assortment of musicians: Chilean drummer Ramon Plaza, who has been accompanying the group since 2013; legendary Jamaican reggae singer Wayne Paul; percussionist Dunieski Baretto, pianist Maykel Gonzalez, and trumpeter Eduardo Bringuez, all three members of the legendary salsa group “Pupy y Los Que son son”; singers Los Niches, who were instrumental in establishing the new Cuban rap scene.