Omar Sosa Takes A Journey To East Africa : Alt.Latino Fans from around the world speak of Omar Sosa's gigs as spiritual experiences — the silence is just as important as the notes. The pianist's new album features field recordings of traditional musicians and instruments from East Africa.
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Omar Sosa Takes A Journey To East Africa

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Omar Sosa Takes A Journey To East Africa

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Omar Sosa's new album is An East African Journey.

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If you haven't heard Omar Sosa's music yet — now's the time. The Cuban-born, Paris-based pianist blends global sounds with electronic elements, all while staying grounded in his Afro-Cuban roots. Fans from around the world speak of his gigs as spiritual experiences — the silence is just as important as the notes.

That sensibility applies to An East African Journey, an album that features field recordings of traditional musicians and instruments from East Africa. Sosa has collaborated with musicians from a variety of cultural and musical backgrounds and, no matter the groove, you can identify his style. Over the course of our interview, he shares a little insight into his adeptness at melding with others.