Quite literally the intersection between Iranian electronic music and Afro-Cuban folkloric music, Ariwo are connecting cultures as they explore previously uncharted waters. The quartet made up of Iranian electronic composer and producer Pouya Ehsaei and three highly influential London-based Cuban musicians – percussionists Oreste Noda, Hammadi Valdes and trumpeter Yelfris Valdes; channel Cuban rumba into searching electronic soundscapes, creating not only a unique sound but energy too. They release their first, self titled LP this month via label imprint from Cuba’s first international music festival, Manana.
We’re delighted to be able to host our favourite cut from the album, ‘Gahambar’. Almost transporting the listener to the outer realms of space, Ehsaei begins the track with a sonic odyssey, still and full of mysticism. The entrance of cuban percussion both digitised and live recorded, cultivates futuristic roots before distinctive brass tones from Valdes, add definition of Cuban top notes to the rhythmic storm. A deeply textured yet spacious number, Ariwo tap into ancestral energy with ferocious execution.
Ariwo LP is released 26th June via Manana Records. Catch Ariwo play live with a special album launch at London’s Brilliant Corners (27th June) then in the West Country at Womad Festival (27th – 30th July).