Genre: Joyous Cuban Big Band
Straight out of Havana, Cuba comes Orquesta Akokán, which takes its name from the Yoruba word meaning "from the heart." This blazing ensemble plays deeply soulful mambo that revives the spirit of Benny Moré and the Buena Vista Social Club. The ferocious and pedigreed wind and rhythm sections consist of musicians from storied groups including Irakere and Los Van Van. Their talent captured the attention of Daptone Records, which released its debut Spanish language album in 2018 to feature the band.