Named after the gods of Yoruban / Afro-Cuban culture, ORISHAS is widely considered the pioneering group of Cuban Hip-Hop. Across a ten-year run following their formation in 1999, the group’s three studio recordings sold over a million copies while garnering worldwide critical acclaim as the forerunners of the soon to follow Urban explosion in Latin music and the embrace of hip-hop by a generation of young Cubans.
Now, for the first time in seven years, the groundbreaking trio of Yotuel, Roldán and Ruzzo has reunited to both record new music, and return to the stage. First shared just with Cuban fans via radio across the island in recent weeks, but now set for wider/global release this coming Friday, June 17th via iTunes, Spotify and other digital outlets, the new ORISHAS song “Cuba Isla Bella” is a deeply expressive celebration of the place the distinctive Caribbean Island holds in the hearts of its people. Far beyond politics or ideology, “Cuba Isla Bella” is a passionate observance of the land’s connection to the very soul of all Cubans whether they’ve remained on the island or long to return. With Orishas member Yotuel Romero having become a very in-demand songwriter for other artists in recent years, the song was originally among a collection he penned for the most recent release by Ricky Martin. But knowing that the heartfelt work was among his very best, and should also be publicly shared as a tribute to the land that inspired its composition, the rapper and songwriter knew the song was meant for the sound and voice of Orishas. As word spread in recent months that the influential trio had reformed – additional Cuban artists quickly hoped to add their voice to the group’s highly-anticipated musical return. As a result, “Cuba Isla Bella” finds Orishas joined by special guests: Buena Fe, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona, Issac Delgado, Leoni Torres, Laritza Bacallao and Pedrito Martinez.
Soon to follow this Friday’s audio release of the song, look for many of these faces to join Orishas again in an all-star video look at their beautiful island: “Cuba Isla Bella.” After the trio premieres this video in Cuba shortly, look for Orishas to then return to the stage with these upcoming U.S. concert dates in August and September: