Daily Discovery: Yeisy Rojas feat Julito Padrón – Mama Ines

Norwegian-based Cuban violinist Yeisy Rojas teams up with Julito Padrón for “Mama Ines,” a track inspired by Nicolás Guillén‘s poem “Ayer Me Dijeron Negro.” Merging Cuban rhythms with Latin jazz and funk, the song carries a potent message against racism.

Its video celebrates Cuba’s multicultural fabric showcasing dancers of various skin colours, emphasising the nation’s heritage. Rojas enlists top Cuban jazz musicians for the project, including Buena Vista Social Club‘s bassist Gaston Joya and drummer Rodney Barreto from Chucho Valdés’ Irakere Orchestra.

Mama Ines is the first single from my album and it’s a very important theme for me. It’s more than just a song to dance to; it’s a call to end jokes and racist remarks, it’s a rescue of roots through music. It’s a way to connect and reconcile with my identity, with who I am.” (Yeisy Rojas)

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