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As a hip hop group from Havana, Cuba, Orishas has been around since 1999. Over the course of years, the group has gone through different names that formed an appeal in the minds of the youth in Cuba. The culture they brought with their music was critical in exploring numerous aspects of life and helping us understand music. By creating a black identity, Orishas went ahead to make music that was soothing for the years and relatable to our existence. Due to all that, we are going to look back at a few of their classic albums that were known to be their greatest. Hence, here are Orishas’ top albums.
1. A Lo Cubano
There’s no dispute or doubt about their number one album which formed the basis of the black Cuban identity. “A lo Cubano” was a classic and an innovative hip-hop album that may never be forgotten. The groundbreaking sound tagged, along with American influence, gave the album a different outlook that the world was ready to explore. Apart from the formation of identity, the record was also successful in creating conversations, ultimately earning the group a Latin Grammy.
As a follow-up to “A Lo Cubano”, “Emigrante” stood firm and gave the rap world another twist. The record was released on June 11, 2002, soon after Flaco-Pro left the band. Apart from the obvious talk of social issues, the collection also has tracks that can get you dancing and help you have a good time. The unique and original sound that they generated was well captured in the album, as it went on to be the ideal treat(Must Watch An Intro) for their fans. Towards the end, everyone appreciated the solid effort they put into the album, even though it was nowhere close to “A Lo Cubano”.
3. El Kilo
This 14 track album widened their scope further as fans from around the world wanted to catch them live. With more political chops and other crucial aspects, “El Kilo” was indeed a fan favourite. By releasing this album, Orisha established their dominance over Cuban hip hop, and the world began to take notice. The standard ground groove and street-smart appeal worked in their favour as sales generated across counters. So if you’re in to taste some classic hip hop, then “El Kilo” could open things up for you.
Released in the year 2007, Antidiotico is another gem from Orisha that went down as a notable release. In terms of reviews, the album scored a ten on ten with top critics like New York Times Selects giving the album a thumbs up. The different tracks that were included in the collection brought forward a unique taste and further described the greatness of the group.
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Bridging forward innovation and tradition stands to be a tough task that many fail to achieve. Moreover, when it is meant to be meaningful music, things tend to get a lot more complicated. But that was not the case for a classic released around 20 years ago. Coming from the talented hip hop group, Orisha, “A lo Cubano” is a noteworthy classic that is going to be remembered for a long time. The record filled with songs that brought forward the Black Cuban identity, made listeners instantly fall in love with the group. Due to all that, we decided to go back in time to shed more light on a classic.
Turning Reality into Music
Another element that was widely spoken about was the apparent US-influence. While a lot of individuals believed it to be a way of attracting more people to their music, they failed to see the truth. Considering that Cuba was heavily censoring US culture, the band took a creative risk by pushing this particular element forward. Moreover, it was soothing to their music, as it managed to combine different aspects and unapologetically embraced Cuba’s Yoruba roots. As a result, the album turned out to be a complete package that left everyone rooting for Orisha.
Apart from earning the group, a global appeal, the album was also successful in bestowing them with a Latin Grammy. Due to this, the kind of attention that they received was credible enough to begin conversations. Yes, that’s right. A lot of people started to speak about the album and the importance of black Cuban identity. While the need for dialogue was well within the frame, the inclusion of this album made things a lot more possible. It became a part of people’s voice, and the need for change followed to head in the right direction.
“A lo Cubano” will go down as one of the best albums by Orisha. But the fact that it also brought about a different outlook may never be discussed in the future, and our generation might not come across this greatness. As a result, the future will be uncertain about the driving force of change.