EDKUB BUILDS A BRIDGE BETWEEN CUBAN AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC
EDKUB builds a bridge between Cuban and electronic music, it was founded in 2018 by Swiss composer-producer and bass player Fred Sumi. Since his first stay in Cuba in 1995, Fred Sumi has been passionate about Cuban music, especially about the musical style timba. EDKUB was born from his passion and sound aesthetics as a producer: Cuban grooves produced with warm and spherical electronic sounds.
EDKUB is the result of friendship and collaboration with great Cuban musicians during several recording sessions in Havana and Geneva: Marbis Manzanet with her deep and intense voice, the brothers Yassell Sotomayor and Raysel Sotomayor with their voices imbued with African roots. Duniesky Barreto (congas), Maykel Garcia Gonzalez (piano, keyboards) and Eduardo Bringuez Ayarde (trumpet) all three are musicians of the famous Cuban band « Pupy y Los que Son Son », Roicel Riveron (timbal) and Nestor Lago (tres).
EDKUB’s debut album YAYA is composed of 10 tracks where Cuban grooves are transcribed with warm, deep and spherical electronic sounds. From Cuban salsa to rumba, with a jazz spirit and organic instruments, EDKUB builds a bridge between Cuban and electronic music. The singers guide us with their warm voices and melodies, both joyful and melancholic, towards a colorful and luminous space.
Since the beginning of EDKUB, Jack El Calvo, famous Cuban music DJ based in Paris, has been supporting the project. He selected the first single KEY JAM as the introduction of his mixes on social networks during the confinement in 2020, in particular in his mix The Lockdown Sessions - Para Bailar Casino on New Morning Radio, Paris. KEY JAM was played on many radios worldwide.
The single SOLO DEJATE LLEVAR is a playful and catchy song. A solid vocal hook by the brothers Yassell Sotomayor and Raysel Sotomayor answers to the lyrical voice of Marbis Manzanet, carried by a dancing music inspired by Cuban reggaeton, where spherical electronic sounds merge with piano and tres tumbaos.
The single YAYA is a fresh and spicy song in a unique and authentic blent of salsa and electronic music. A very catchy chorus spices up the song referring to the daily life of Cuba. A Cuban orchestration marries delightfully electronic sounds. The videoclip has been nominated for the Premios Lucas 2022 in Cuba in the category of best actor with the actor Jorge Molina.
The single CALLADA is driven by Cuban rumba percussions. A mysterious atmosphere is spreading on which the intimate voice of Marbis Manzanet leads us to the magic of the silent nightfall.
The single EL VIENTO NOS LLEVA carries us on the wings of love. The beautiful deep voice of Marbis Manzanet Ramos, as a love guard, takes us into a landscape full of light: warm spherical sounds, percussions, trumpets, a melodic keyboard and tres solo. A Cuban feeling leads this new wind of love. It was playlisted on Swiss Official Radio RTS - La Première.
The first single KEY JAM is driven by a powerful Cuban-electro bass line, deep atmospheric synthesizers and electronic rumba clave. Cuban percussions, funky-syncopated keyboard and piano tumbao give the song a tribal live Cuban flavor. A contemplative and jazzy vocal melody, an intense and transcendent jazz trumpet solo lead the song in an unexplored landscape, where the spectrum of sensory perception seems to widen.
EDKUB met in summer 2021 on a beautiful terrace in Havana to perform five songs from its repertoire.
Fred Sumi (founder): bass, electronic programming, keyboards
Marbiz Manzanet: vocal (Havana, Cuba)
Yassell Sotomayor: vocal (Havana, Cuba)
Raysel Sotomayor: vocal (Havana, Cuba)
Duniesky Barreto: congas, others percussions
Maykel Garcia Gonzalez: piano, keyboards (Havana, Cuba)
Eduardo Bringuez Ayarde: trumpet (Havana, Cuba)
Roicel Riveron: timbal (Havana, Cuba)
Nestor Lago: tres (Havana, Cuba)