¿Que Vola? have been skilfully combining the beauty of Cuban music and jazz for a couple of years now, so don’t leave it any longer and make sure you check out their newest single now!
Cuban-French band ¿Que Vola?, a common Cuban street greeting meaning ‘What’s up?’, have released the music video for their lead single Calle Luz while on their quest to create the perfect mix of Afro-Cuban music and jazz. The band, comprised of three Cuban percussionists and seven French jazz musicians, have had a productive year so far, signing to French record label No Format! a little while ago. They have confirmed the release of their debut album for January 2019, soon to be followed by their first UK tour. In the meantime, they’ve teased us all with a taste of what’s to come.
The music video for Calle Luz, meaning ‘street of light’, begins with the entire band recording in a studio in Paris before transporting us and five of the band members on the streets of the historical Havana, Cuba, where they prepare for a party. The single itself is a reimagining of the Cuban Guaguancó genre, one of the most popular styles of rumba around today, which traditionally combines percussion, voices, and dance. The wind instruments allude to traditional rumba singers and create a groovy, upbeat tone within the song while the drum and percussion instruments create a steady, rhythmic beat in the background. While the actual song is made up of only five different notes ¿Que Vola? still manage to demonstrate the brilliance of the combined nation’s music, as well as highlighting the beauty of their Afro-Cuban musical roots.
The new album is due for release on January 25th2019, and from the sounds of it ¿Que Vola? are well on their way to firmly establishing themselves on the scene with their experimental style of Cuban come jazz music.