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.
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.
Accumulating more than 17 Grammy Awards among all participating artists, the album is released digitally today, September 22nd which precedes the physical release on October 13th. Accompanying the soulful album will be a long and short form documentary directed by Billie Woodruff, also titled “Two Beats, One Soul,” shot in the country of Cuba. The documentary, to be released in October, visually walks through the album making process, giving supporters an upfront glimpse into the Cuban culture and lifestyle through a musical lens. For a taste of what to expect, listen to the lead single off the project “The World is A Family” produced by Louie Vega and featuring Josh Milan.
“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.
Since the 19th century, Cuban music has been hugely popular and influential throughout the world. Cuban music has contributed to the development of a wide variety of genre and musical styles including rumba, Afro-Cuban jazz, salsa and more. Working alongside a team of talented producers and artists Two Beats, One Soul aims to showcase the impact of Cuba’s rich musical history by connecting the beat, vibration and soul of the past to the present. Bringing the entire project together is executive producer and principal visionary, Vivian Scott Chew of RVMK Records. A music industry veteran, having worked at Epic Records/Sony Music, Vivian is best known for introducing the music of another Caribbean island-Jamaica-to the mainstream U.S. audience garnering multi-platinum selling dancehall music records. The album is also executive produced by Ray Chew, an illustrious musical director and producer known for his talents across television programs and live televised events. The pair combine their years of music industry knowledge and love for Cuban rhythms and melodies to create an audible experience like nothing else on the market.
Two Beats, One Soul Official Tracklist + Production Credits