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Conéctese, que aquí sí hay BANDANCHA

Cachivache Media – A saber, Yissy & BANDANCHA hacen jazz. Pero “a otra velocidad”, aseguran. Y lo mezclan con un poco de rumba, de funk y de música electrónica, en vivo, desde las máquinas de Dj Jigüe, también conocido como Isnay Rodríguez.

Young Artists Keeping Cuba’s Traditional Music Alive

En Pitchfork: “All the rhythms that we make aren’t pure,” she explains. “They’re more like developed rhythms, more fusion. For example, we love to use a street conga and mix it with a little drum and bass, funk; mix it up with the rumba. The tradition of Cuba is very strong to me—carrying rhythm in your blood.”

Yissy with Bandaancha at Speakeasy

But it was drummer Yissy and her group Bandaancha that illustrated the incredible level of musicianship that exists on the island. Picture this: technically jaw-dropping music wrapped in a hip-shaking sensuality that had the entire Speakeasy crowd dancing to jazz fusion. With all the coming changes between the U.S. and Cuba, this kind of thing may happen more often. And you really shouldn’t miss it.

5 Women who rocked last day of SXSW

Yissy García first got on my radar at the Sounds from Cuba showcase Friday night where her hip Afro-Latin jazz fusion band Yissy & Bandancha performed. She not only has mad percussive skills, but also leads the group. She’s the daughter of musical hero Bernardo García, who founded the groundbreaking Cuban group, Irakere. Yissy brought her fierceness to the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake while backing other Cuban artists Telmary Díaz and Kelvis Ochoa.

Yissy Garcia: The girl is a drummer and boy, she can play

by Fernando González The daughter of Bernardo García, an influential drummer in Cuban music, charter member of the fabled Afro-Cuban jazz rock group Irakere and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s band, Yissy García was supposed to be a dancer, a ballerina. Her brother was the designated heir in the family. “They would[…]

A Visit to Cuba (by Playing for Change)

Cuba is a mystery: why so much amazing music, so many great musicians and music genres in this small and beautiful country? Historians and musicologists might have a logical explanation to this but I still think Cuba is blessed and blessed we were to travel there to record and film[…]

Yissy Garcia: born with groove

I really don’t think it is something that I can explain with words. I think it is something that each person carries inside, beyond technical abilities or virtuosity, it has to do more with feeling, feelings that one is able to translate into the instrument so well that it touches other people. Groove is something you are born with, it is not something you can study. No audience can stand still to a solid pocket groove, and to make others feel something you have to feel it first. Groove starts with each individual drummer.