Pedrito Martinez’s ‘Habana Dreams’ Come True

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Pedrito Martinez (Photo: DANIELLE MOIR)

Pedrito Martinez (Photo: DANIELLE MOIR) features an interview with Pedrito, whose new album debuts at no. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Albums chart.

Did the current craze for all things Cuban drive Pedrito Martinez’s Habana Dreams to its No. 1 debut on Billboard’s Tropical Albums chart this week? With Cubans Gente de Zona at No. 2, it’s clear that Cuban music is hot.

But for Martinez, the top chart position is a case of credit due. Habana Dreams, the new album by the Pedrito Martinez Group, showcases the percussionist and band leader’s personal fusion of the ancestral rhythms of his Afro-Cuban faith, the timbadance music that he came of age with in Cuba, and the elements of jazz and pop he’s made his own over 18 years in the New York City area.

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