Listening to Novalima, fans will find similarities between the modern Afro-Peruvian group and the highly percussive sounds heard every night in Calle Ocho nightclubs. After all, both Peru and Cuba have a long history of blending the music of formerly enslaved Africans with the drums of native people to create something completely fresh yet somewhat familiar. And, the two countries' sonic scenes have cross-pollinated for decades, ever since the mambo explosion of the mid-'50s. One classic example: The late queen of salsa Celia Cruz made a hit out of "El Toro Mata," a composition by Lima-born... More >>>