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Pedrito Martinez returns to his homeland for new recording / The Straits Times review

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Cuba-born, New York-based singer-percussionist Pedrito Martinez returns to his homeland to record some of the tracks on this new recording - Havana Dreams, a follow-up to his 2015 Grammy-nominated self-titled debut album. Built on the foundations of Afro-Cuban folk music and the more contemporary dance music genre of timba, Martinez's brand of music is a melting pot that incorporates jazz and pop. The good news for the purists is that the dominant notes are the former rather than the latter, which can sometimes sound a bit tinnily cheesy next to the power of the Afro-Cuban rhythms and singing styles.

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