Erica Krumpl, no less. This young, super-focussed, LA-based music consultant/producer was in town to record Cuba´s best rappers, plus the wonderful vocalist Danay Suarez. Ms. K (also stylist to the Erykah Badu in her spare time) arrived with hot beats from the seriously prolific DJ/producer, Madlib, whose ‘Medicine Shows’ (compilations using various world beats) are selling like hot cakes and quickly becomming collectors items worldwide.
Madlib – one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed hip hop producers of the 2000´s – wants to do a Cuban mix, thus Erica´s presence in Havana. For those of you who are into this scene Wikipedia him to find out more.
Danay, meantime, is just back from touring with the great Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, plus working with British producer Giles Peterson. This really is her moment and I predict that within a year or two she may well be one of the best-known Cubans on the international music scene. i´ll keep you posted as to her whereabouts but, meantime, here´s a couple of photos from the recording day in Havana´s coolest studio – Scorpio, in Vedado.