Latest news » The Creole Choir of Cuba's new album, Santiman, out now
“The passion overflows on this new collection … Simply joyous.” The Sunday Times
“Sophisticated singing that could make this choir one of the best known in the world.” bbc.co.uk
The Choir, formed in Camaguey, Cuba in 1994 and all conservatory-trained musicians, are descendants of former freed slaves from Haiti. The poignant songs, many passed down through generations, are sung in both Haitian Creole (a mix of French, English and West African languages) and Spanish. Stories of freedom and protest, of survival despite abject poverty, mingle with humorous and celebratory songs about everyday life. Expressed with vibrant harmonies, deep Caribbean rhythms and a hefty dose of Cuban flair, theirs is a rich, soulful sound that evokes their proud history of resistance and resilience.