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Roberto Fonseca, set for CSUN's La Nueva Cuba!, speaks with 90.7KPFK

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Interview with KPFK's Yatrika Shah- Rais

The island nation's musical traditions explode on Sat., April 21, as three next-gen jazz artists converge for the first time on The Soraya stage. Afro-Latin percussionist-singer Pedrito Martinez brings his lightning-fast drumming skills, vocalist Daymé Arocena lets loose a powerful voice that breaks free like a cry from Havana, and Roberto Fonseca demonstrates why The New York Times called him "a charismatic spark plug of a pianist."

Since the beginning of his musical career in the early 1990s, Fonseca has stated his mission clearly: "I want my music to reach people who don't know me, and I dream of one day becoming a point of reference for my audience." Although still very young – by the standards of jazz, hip-hop, world music or any other genre – Fonseca has maintained a sharp focus on his mission that has already garnered him global recognition.

Roberto Fonseca spoke with KPFK: Los Angeles, Global Villiage Wed. host, Yatrika Shah- Rais in advance of this Saturday's performance. Listen to the attached clip.