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‘Oricha’ Comeback

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The Cuban group Orishas returns to the stage after seven years of not working together. The single ‘Cuba isla bella’ signals the reunion of Yotuel, Ruzzo and Roldán, and a new beginning for the most widely known and marketed Cuban hip-hop group.

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‘Oricha’ Comeback

The Cuban group Orishas returns to the stage after seven years of not working together. The single ‘Cuba isla bella’ signals the reunion of Yotuel, Ruzzo and Roldán, and a new beginning for the most widely known and marketed Cuban hip-hop group.

With the track already out on all digital platforms, Orishas highlight their Cuban roots: ‘I will never lose my identity and I assure you I bear in mind where I come from; you may understand me, because, truth be told, my treasure is in the roots that run under my skin.’

For this ‘oricha’ comeback (as Cubans say to refer to something original or of high quality), Orishas joined other popular Cuban acts from various genres: Gente de Zona, Leoni Torres, Isaac Delgado, Buena Fe, Descemer Bueno, Laritza Bacallao, Waldo Mendoza and Pedrito Martínez.

From this Friday, the music video of ‘Cuba isla bella’ is on YouTube, while the group prepares their summer tour El regreso de los dioses. The journey begins August 12 in Fort Myers, Florida, and at the moment includes stops in Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, Tampa, New York, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

‘It was a pending commitment we had’, said Ruzzo to the American news agency AP in a telephone interview. ‘For us it’s means recharging our batteries, reestablishing the connection with the generation which got to know our work from the beginning, and to do it now with a new generation that didn’t know us.’

Yotuel, the one responsible for the reunion, explained that, when he travelled to Havana to find artists for his new label, Chancleta Records, ‘there was nothing I found captivating, nothing that touched my heart, that made me say “wow, this is vibrant”. Inside I thought, why not re-sign Orishas? Why not come back with Orishas once more, with that enthusiasm? I feel like going back in the arena with Orishas’, he said.

‘I think we were overdue’, said Roldán. ‘For me it’s a new chapter which opens in our lives, and I mean not only for us, I mean for all those people who followed us all these years. I’m very excited with this new story; it was about time we did this. It was time to write a second chapter for Orishas.’

The breaking up of the group in 2009 after a decade of success had an impact on their thousands of followers. About this they commented: ‘The break-up was something real; it was a moment when each one felt musically different. We realized in 2009 that our individual musical leanings were totally different and then we mutually decided to end the group, with no thought given to making a comeback.’

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