Orishas is a Yoruban word referring to spirits or deities, which are essentially manifestations of the god Orun. It is also the name adopted by what is arguably one of the most significant and original offerings to the Latin genre in the past 10 years. Comprised of Roldan Gonzalez, Hiram "Ruzzo" Riveri and Yotuel Romero, three Havana-born Cubans who immigrated to Europe in flight from Castro's regime, the group made an impact from day one with the release of their 1999 debut A Lo Cubano.
Three albums later, their sound, socially-conscious topics and influence in the music world are no less relevant. Their signature blend of hip-hop and traditional Cuban music, featuring lightning-quick lyricism by Ruzzo and Yotuel and a vocal-style by Roldan akin to some of Cuba's greatest, like Benny More, has earned them multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy nods and a pair of wins in the Latin awards, including one for Best Urban Song for their collaboration with Calle 13 on the immigration hymn "Pa'l Norte" off the Puerto Rican group's sophomore effort.
This Friday SoFla resi's will get a rare opportunity to see the group live, as their visits to the US from Europe are infrequent and not to be missed.
Orishas plays La Covacha (10730 NW 25 ST) on Friday, June 26 at 8pm.