• 1. Cuba Libre
  • 2. Sea Mail
  • 3. Encuentro
  • 4. Que Pasa?
  • 5. Gospelanza
  • 6. Cuba Libre (Reprise)

Extremely rare, cult record from one of the finest bands to emerge from Cuba!

Recorded in Japan in 1980 and released as a Japanese exclusive vinyl LP ‘Cuba Libre’ was composed, arranged and produced by the remarkable Japanese musician Chikara Ueda. With almost the entire original line up in place including Chucho Valdes, Arturo Sandoval, and Jorge Alfonso this is a record of sublime quality that retains all of the authentic essence and beauty of Cuban music. Among the most influential Latin bands Irakere’s mix of fiery funk anthems and sophisticated jazz has rarely sounded better than on these six classic and uniquely Cuban tracks. ‘Cuba Libre’ is one of Irakere’s finest moments.

Never before released on CD, this is the first ever release outside of Japan for ‘Cuba Libre’ and with stunning re-mastering and music of glorious quality this is an essential and significant re-issue of one of Latin music’s holy grail collector’s items. A vital 45 minutes in the history of Cuban music.