As we hope it became tradition, Magazine AM: PM has again called a group of critics, music journalists, music lovers, and musicians to tell us what are the Cuban records that have blown his head in the year that just ended. The result is a beautiful list, which speaks of an oasis of vitality and diversity in contemporary Cuban artistic creation despite our natural skepticism, vibrant examples that help us believe that there are more ways than boredom and repetition. We are pleased to see that most of these albums were discussed in our magazine, and we left the task of talking about those that are missing. As you may notice, Therapy, of Cimafunk, that was released in November 2017, but it was in 2018 when it exploded and received the attention and recognition it deserves.
We try to include listening links to most of the albums, that's why we regret the absence on digital music platforms of an album like Libre of Beatriz Márquez, ironically the Cubadisco Grand Prize in its most recent edition.
Yansert Fraga, Carmen Souto, Rogelio Ramos, Lourdes G. Bereau, Darsi Fernandez, Marcel Lueiro, Rafa G. Escalona, Leannelis Cárdenas, Carlos Fornés, Freddy Monasterio, Sigfredo Ariel, Rosa Marquetti, Alejandro Zamora, participated in the preparation of this list. Ailén Rivero, Carla Mesa and Ned Sublette. The albums are not presented in order of relevance.
Libre de pecado, Beatriz Márquez (Colibrí Productions)
Mamá Ina, Gaston Joya (Unicorn)
A mí qué: tributo a los clásicos cubanos, Septeto Santiaguero - José Alberto El Canario (The Canaries Inc. / Egrem)
Other relevant Cuban albums of 2018 mentioned:
Omara siempre, Omara Portuondo (Egrem)
Pa lante el mambo, Diego Gutiérrez (Egrem)
Igbo Alakorin (The Singer's Grove) Vol. I & II, David Virelles (Pi Recordings)
Gourmet, Orishas (Sony Music Latin)
Orquesta Akokan, Akokan Orchestra (Daptone Records)
Escape, Alberto Lescay and Formas (Jazz Zone)
The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions (re-release), Various Artists (Craft Recording)
Cinque, Elio Villafranca (ArtistShare)
Mamá, ando contento, Ray Fernández (Egrem)
Hermanos, Yusef and Harold Díaz (Unicorn)
Hidden flower of the old trova, José María Vitier and Pablo Milanés (Bis Music)
Voces del subconsciente, José Victor Gavilondo (Producciones Colibrí)
Everything agrees better, Chamber Orchestra of Havana (Producciones Colibrí)
The time is now, Ramón Valle (In + Out Records)
Trovuntivitis, Trovuntivitis (Egrem)
Diablito baila, Alejandro Vargas (SGAE)