Mista Savona Presents Havana Meets Kingston – Siempre Si

“Latin music has always been in the favorites of many music lovers, as it is practically saturated with romance, waves of endorphin and love run through the body. And if the track is present in the track of the reggae genre, then you can safely add one hundred points on top and add it to your collection. (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Латинская музыка всегда была в фаворитах многих меломанов, так как практически пропитана романтикой, по телу пробегают волны эндорфина и любви. А если в треке присутствует вайб жанра Reggae, то можете смело прибавить сто баллов сверху и добавить его в свою коллекцию.”


On June 3, Cumbancha releases the album Mista Savona Presents Havana Meets Kingston Part 2 featuring an all-star lineup of musicians from Cuba and Jamaica. An epic set of 15 tracks, Havana Meets Kingston Part 2 unites the deep roots grooves of reggae, dancehall and rocksteady with the scorching soul of Cuban son, timba and salsa.

While connected by common African roots and colonial histories, the music of Cuba and Jamaica have traveled largely in separate directions. Their influence on the music of the world has been immeasurable, but their influence on each other has been less evident – until now.

It took an Australian to bring these two musically rich cultures together. Melbourne producer and musician Jake Savona had already fallen in love with the music of Jamaica, having released a string of successful reggae and dub albums under his stage name Mista Savona since 2007. He first traveled to Cuba in 2014 and on his last day in Havana, he was struck with a vision: he could imagine the sounds of Cuban rumba mixed with Jamaican nyabinghi, the spiritual & folkloric styles unique to each island.

A year later, supported by a grant from the Australian Council, Savona returned to Cuba, joined by a quartet of Jamaican legends including Sly & Robbie (drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare), guitarist Winston “Bopee” Bowen (known for his work with Dennis Brown) and Studio One percussionist Bongo Herman. They spent the next ten days at the legendary EGREM studios recording with many of Cuba’s top musicians and vocalists. “It felt like a project that wanted to be born, and I was the one lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time,” recalls Savona.

More sessions followed, other guests were invited, and after years of painstaking effort, the first volume of Mista Savona Presents Havana Meets Kingston was released in 2017 to worldwide acclaim. By 2018 a live version of the project had performed three world tours, culminating in an incendiary show for the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall in the summer of 2018.

Shortly thereafter Savona was back in the Caribbean to work on new recordings with a range of famous and rising stars in the Cuban and Jamaican music scenes. Much of this new record was also recorded at the famous EGREM Studio (Estudios Areito 101) in Havana, where the equipment and atmosphere has remained unchanged since the 1950s. This is the very same studio in which the famous Buena Vista Social Club album was recorded in 1996, and the Havana Meets Kingston albums share that unique sonic character and warm, woody room sound that EGREM is famous for. According to Savona “The Cubans told me an angel lives in the studio and that she blesses the music recorded there – and I believe it! Other studios we recorded at include Nelson’s Studio in Vedado, and Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong studio in Kingston, Jamaica.”

Havana Meets Kingston Part 2 includes guest appearances from Jamaican singers Clinton Fearon (The Gladiators), Randy Valentine, Prince Alla, Stevie Culture, The Jewels and Micah Shemaiah. Featured Cuban guests include Cimafunk, Barbarito Torres, Changuito, Brenda Navarrete, Solis, Beatriz Marquez, Dayán Carrera Fernández and many more. This second album simmers with energy that comes from the magic created by musicians discovering exciting new sounds and collaborators.

Savona first saw Cimafunk performing with the band Interactivo in 2015, years before he became a household name in Cuba. The music for “Beat Con Flow,” which Savona describes as “an old-school, funky, hip-hop and reggae jam,” was recorded at EGREM Studios by a top-notch band that included Sly Dunbar, Winston “Bopee” Bowen, as well as Cuban virtuoso bassist Gaston Joya and trumpeter Julito Padrón. Savona plays piano and Hammond organ and DJ Wasabi is on the turntables.

Cimafunk later recorded his vocals at a small, rundown Havana recording studio, bragging in Cuban slang about his talents as a singer and the infectious rhythm and vibe of the song. “I live at my own cool and easy tempo / And if is there are any problems / I solve them little by little / So go ahead, lose yourself to the beat / If being quiet is getting you down / Don’t worry, dance and sing / And you will see how it lifts your soul.” The song’s uplifting message and positive vibe is the perfect antidote for these challenging times.

“The Human Chain” is a powerful and uplifting rocksteady roots anthem about the looming threats to humanity. Clinton Fearon, an icon of Jamaican music who was the lead singer for the legendary band The Gladiators, sings in his trademark gravel-toned and soulful voice, “A chain is only as strong / As its weakest link / Greed and poverty / Weaken the chain / Now is the time to reflect / On what’s gone wrong / With the human chain.”

The single is accompanied by an epic music video filmed on the rooftop of a skyscraper in Fearon’s current home in Seattle interspersed with stirring clips of protest and conflict drawn straight from the headlines. The sixth single to be released so far from the upcoming Havana Meets Kingston Part 2 album, “The Human Chain” offers a stark warning and an uplifting message of hope that we can come together to strengthen the ties that bind us all.

“Guarachará,” featuring Cuban singer Dayán Carrera Fernández and a host of other stars from the island, is a scorching dance number that blends Cuban timba, salsa, flamenco and Afrobeat. The song opens with a touch of flamenco, then builds into a classic Cuban son before exploding into a high-energy salsa/timba groove that dancers will find impossible to ignore. As many parts of the world begin to open up, the lyrics to “Guarachará” couldn’t be timelier. Lead singer Dayán Carrera Fernández calls for all of his friends to join him at his home for a much-needed dance party. While the past year has seen most of us stuck in our homes longing for a social life, “Guarachará” invites people to get back together for a house party like no other. “A few days ago,” sings Fernández, “I had a feeling / My soul was hurting / And I didn’t know where my friends were / But we got together / In the end my people will get together / And we’re going to sing and dance.

The stunning music video for “Guarachará,” which was produced by Luis Toledo & Jake Savona, was filmed at an historic 1910 estate near the Havana airport. It begins with a 1940’s theme as old cars pull up to the house to deliver the musicians and flamenco dancers, who are meeting Dayán and guitarist Raynier Monserrat Gonzalez in their living room. The song soon picks up into an old-school Cuban son and moves outside as salsa dancers dressed in colorful vintage clothes show off their best moves. Once the song has reached the second bridge we are transported to modern day Havana, with the party raging inside the house all through the day and night. As morning approaches and the sun begins to rise, Dayan closes the doors to his house and pianist Rolando Luna is left alone on the verandah playing the piano, for a beautiful outro to the song.

These are just a few of the many highlights on an album that will go down in history as groundbreaking masterpiece.

Mista Savona Presents Havana Meets Kingston Part 2 will be released by Baco Records in Europe, ABC Music in Australia and New Zealand and Cumbancha in the US, Canada, Latin America and the rest of the world. It will be available in deluxe CD and double LP packages filled with photos from the historic sessions and tours.

The Havana Meets Kingston live project will be touring this summer in Europe and later in 2022 and early 2023 in North America.

Introvert – The Seeds We Planted

“It is nice to listen to every second, enjoy the amazing harmony of sounds and then suddenly feel an emotional explosion that suddenly occurs after the first minute. Beautiful Indie Folk with PSYChedelic Rock elements. (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Приятно вслушиваться в каждую секунду, наслаждаться удивительной гармонией звуков и потом внезапно ощутить эмоциональный взрыв, который внезапно наступает после первой минуты. Красивый Indie Folk с элементами Psychedelic Rock.”



Dj Mavious – Kakuba

“It is difficult to constantly maintain a high degree of its mood and at such moments such music comes to the rescue. This is an amazing force of exposure to the rhythm of Dancehall, whose atmosphere will absorb you and will not let go to the very end! Your mood is at zero? Then this track is for you! (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Тяжело постоянно поддерживать высокий градус своего настроения и в такие моменты на помощь приходит подобная музыка. Это поразительной силы воздействия ритм Dancehall, чья атмосфера поглотит вас и не отпустит до самого конца! Ваше настроение на нуле? Тогда этот трек для вас!”



Raquel Kurpershoek – Me Embala

“Melodic vocals -raquel kurpershoek is that powerful energy that can control your emotions, eroding all the boundaries. There is an atmosphere of romance in this song, which excites imagination and causes a feeling of good nostalgia. (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Мелодичный вокал -Raquel Kurpershoek- это та мощная энергия, которая способна управлять вашими эмоциями, размывая все границы. Есть в этой песне атмосфера романтики, которая будоражит фантазию и вызывает чувство доброй ностальгии.”


Me Embala is the first composition of Raquels upcoming album. In this album, colors represent a state of love. This song makes an association with the color yellow and is about the trust, joy and loyalty in beginner's love. Metaphors are used such as; the sun, the beach, sunflowers but also scents of saffron (all yellow elements) to reinforce this message. Melody lines and summer grooves coming from Spain and Brazil let you float on a sea full of love.

Fuensanta – Cuándo Te Voy a Decir

“The composition sends you at the very beginning of the time where the rhythm was and remains the most important engine uniting the hearts of people. Live performance, instrumental music and state of unity yin and yang. Feel the rhythm and taste of life. (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Композиция отправляет вас в самое начало времён, где ритм был и остаётся самых главным двигателем, объединяющий сердца людей. Живое исполнение, инструментальная музыка и состояние единения инь и ян. Почувствуйте ритм и вкус жизни.”


A homage to Fuensanta’s upbringing in the water forest of Mexico: colorful, beautiful, brutal, and raw.

La Paula Herrera – Ser

“A very pleasant ballad, with the melodious sound of living tools and fabulous vocals of the charming performer -La Paula Herrera-. It is perfect for the sessions of yoga, meditation and as a soothing background for mind after a difficult day. (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Очень приятная баллада, с мелодичным звучанием живых инструментов и сказочным вокалом очаровательной исполнительницы -La Paula Herrera-. Отлично подойдёт для сеансов занятий йогой, медитацией и как успокаивающий фон для разума после тяжелого рабочего дня.”


"Ser" (To be) talks about living without fears, being oneself with courage, joy, trusting that everything is for a reason and how the changes in this world are only a reflection of the changes that occur within us.

Afro-Latin percussion intermingled with piano, guitar, double bass, accordion and theremin makes of "Ser" a joyfull song who invites to live life with happiness and dedication.


Ramiro Pinheiro – Outra Era

“Smooth guitar notes and artistic vocals are tied in absolute balance here. “Outra Era” is simple and pure, with a strong taste of Latin and Bossa Nova style that will earn the appreciation of every listener.”


Ramiro Pinheiro and Ana Rossi presents “Outra Era” (Fagner & Zeca Baleiro), the first single of their next album “Vivo” (2022).


Born in Argentina, Ana Rossi began her musical training there, playing the piano in municipal and provincial schools. In the study of singing as an instrument, she has been especially interested in the Voice Craft technique, in which she has embedded her own trajectory combined with other visions. She is currently a member of Coetus, UNA, Marcelo Mercadante and his Quinteto Porteño, BREU and Gafieira Miúda, among others.

Ramiro Pinheiro is a subtle and creative acoustic guitarist from Brazil who is also a talented songwriter. He was mostly self-taught at the beginning, learning the guitar by ear before attending the Conservatório Souza Lima in São Paulo. Pinheiro moved to Barcelona (Spain) years ago and he has been an important part of the local music scene ever since, working with a wide variety of jazz and Brazilian musicians.

Pedro Bergamo – Imigrante (Video)

“An impressive Bossa Nova single, carefully composed for listeners with specific preferences in music. Friendly sound, based on special acoustic instrumentation and of course the warm vocals of “Pedro Bergamo”. Song with own attitude, clearly not for everyone!”


Artist said about this song:

“Imigrante is about my personal experience moving out of Brazil to Finland, a country with a culture very different than mine. It is a register of someone trying to hold on to what is important and letting go what does not define you as a person.”


TRACKDILLA, Ir Sais, KDDO – Bad & Wicked (feat. Ir Sais & KDDO) – song by TRACKDILLA, Ir Sais, KDDO | Spotify (Spotify)

“This track can principally cause your interest, since it easily enters into rhythm, calling you to relax and leisurely absorb all its content. Easy to remember, causes many positive emotions and never lets you get bored!”

“Этот трек не способен надоесть в принципе, так как очень легко вводит в ритм, призывая расслабиться и неторопливо впитать всё содержание трека. Легко запоминается, дарит множество положительных эмоций и не даёт заскучать!”


Global Viral Artist Ir Sais ( Dream Girl) teams up with African Super Stars Track Dilla & Kiddo


Dayron Ortega Guzmán, Maykel Elizarde Ruano, Eduardo Silveir – Guajirando – song by Dayron Ortega Guzmán, Maykel Elizarde Ruano, Eduardo Silveira | Spotify (Spotify)

“Strong performance with a small, but explicit Latin character. The combination of acoustic instruments is so spiritual that can immediately teleport us to another world. One may feel endless admiration and pierces of goosebumps, from that -so efficiently transmitted- atmosphere.”

“Сильное исполнение, с небольшой, но явной Латинской составляющей. Игра на акустических инструментах настолько душевная, что сразу телепортирует в другой мир. Слух просто тает от бесконечного восхищения и пробирает до мурашек, настолько качественно передана атмосфера.”


In Havana, recording sessions are done a little differently. Musicians and producers gather at recording studios, where a well-stocked bar and ample Wi-Fi are available in the lobby. A sense of ease and relaxation permeates the air – people gather not just to produce recordings, but to create art with each other in a communal music experience.

In the case of ESPONTÁNEO, or “spontaneous,” this quasi-live album was sparked while PARMA team members were in Havana for a recording session trip. Dayron Ortega, an accomplished guitarist and PARMA’s Lead Producer for Cuba sessions, invited his friends Maykel Elizarde and Eduardo Silveira to the studio during the session week. Elizarde lives in a remote village in Cuba and his guitar prowess had been virtually unknown until the release of his first album, SOUTH COUNTY, with Ansonica Records. Elizarde and Silveira, a renowned Cuban percussionist, entered the recording room from the lobby, and the three began to play what become a fusion of a recording and a jam session. Dayron began calling out tunes, which his counterparts would listen along to and then respond and embellish. If Elizarde and Silveira didn’t know the tune by name, they would quickly pick up the melody as Ortega started playing, and then would take it in a whole new, energized direction.

ESPONTÁNEO demonstrates a different side of the music production world – one where the craft of performance itself and the shared musical moment is not lost in the effort for a perfect take. The groove, spice, and free-flowing energy of this album offers a view into the everyday life of the Cuban music-lover.

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