(From L-R: Eric Benet; Jon B.; Executive Producers Ray Chew & Vivian Scott Chew; Jean Rodriguez).
RVMK RECORDS/SONY MUSIC LATIN have been hot celebrating the release of their highly anticipated collaborative album, Two Beats, One Soul – a thirteen track compilation project featuring a slew of artist, producers and creatives from the United States and Cuba! They took to the hardwood floors of Xiomara on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, CA last night to celebrate the release which will have a physical release on November 17th alongside a full documentary about the making of the album.
Check out The world Is A Family snippet below.
The album, executive produced by Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew along with their partners Mark and Kathy Grier, will celebrate and explore the evolution of two cultures focused on Cuba’s impact on worldwide music by recreating traditional Cuban sounds and rhythms in today’s musical landscape. Two Beats, One Soul features music from producers Ray Chew, Louie Vega, Sergio George and Cuba’s own, Manolito Simonet. Simonet also joins fellow Cuban artists Ruben and Gabriel Rodriguez, Xiomara Laugart, Milagros Hodelin and Etian “Brebaje Man”. Representing the US are R&B/Soul mainstays Eric Benét, Jon B. and Josh Milan. Rounding out the project is Latin/Pop; Latin Soul artists Jean Rodriguez and Anané.And adding the cherry on top of this musical and cultural collaboration are reggae artists Shaggy and Red Fox.
Check out the official album trailer below.
“This is an anthem of survival. This project is proof that the music not only survived. It shook hands with all nations…. And it prospered.” – Pablo Guzman
The album is a love letter to Cuba’s rich musical influence – spanning from the vibrant cities in the north to the southern shores of the Caribbean island. Two Beats, One Soul explores the musical communities of Guines (birthplace of Tata Guines, the father of Afro-Cuban music or better known as “The King of Congas”), Matanzas – best known for its poets and dance traditions like the Danzón and the rumba – and of course the country’s capital Havana. Drawing inspiration from the pulse of the people and the rich history of the region, the producers and artists created 13 infectious songs that best represent the marriage of Cuban and American influences. Part Cubano affair and part modern, urban and dance music, the album will get the best of us swaying, tapping our feet and salsa dancing in the streets – a scene straight from the calle de Cuba. For a full list of tracks and artists, please see below.
Two Beats, One Soul Official Tracklist + Production Credits
- Sounds of Cuba – Etian “Brebaje Man”, Red Fox, Ray Chew
Produced by Ray Chew – Written by Ray Chew, Etian “Brebaje Man”, Gareth Shelton
2. Caliente – Ruben & Gabriel Rodriguez
Produced by Ray Chew/Co-Produced by Manolito Simonet– Written by Ray Chew, Ruben & Gabriel Rodriguez
3. The World Is A Family – Louie Vega featuring Josh Milan
Produced by Louie Vega/Associate Produced by Ray Chew – Written by Josh Milan, Luis F. Vega, Axel Tosca
4. I Can’t Live – Jean Rodriguez
Produced by Sergio George and Ray Chew – Written by Jean Rodriguez, Sergio George
5. Zun Zun – Xiomara Laugart
Produced by Ray Chew – Written by Ray Chew, Xiomara Laugart, Axel Tosca
6. The Rhythm – Eric Benét
Produced by Ray Chew – Written by Ray Chew, Eric Benét
7. Asi – Ruben & Gabriel Rodriguez featuring Shaggy
Produced by Ray Chew– Written by Ray Chew, Ruben & Gabriel Rodriguez and Orville Burrell
8. Music and Life – Louie Vega featuring Anané Vega
Produced by Louie Vega – Written by Josh Milan, Luis F. Vega
9. Havana Moon – Jon B.
Produced by Ray Chew/Co-Produced by Jon B. – Written by Ray Chew, Jon B.
10. Este Son Me Basta – Louie Vega featuring Xiomara Laugart, Josh Milan and Axel Tosca
Produced by Louie Vega/Associate Produced by Ray Chew – Written by Luis F. Vega, Josh Milan, Xiomara Laugart, Ray Chew
11. Me Enamore – Milagros Hodelin
Produced by Ray Chew/ Co-Producer Manolito Simonet – Written by Ray Chew, Milagros Hodelin
12. En La Habana – Ruben & Gabriel Rodriguez featuring Ricardo Amaray
Produced by Manolito Simonet and Ray Chew – Written by Manolito Simonet
13. Canto De Cuba – Louie Vega featuring Akemis Teran
Produced by Louie Vega and Ray Chew – Written by Luis F. Vega, Ray Chew