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Biography

Music producer/guitarist/tresero Greg Landau and friends (percussionist Jesús Díaz and pianist extraordinaire Omar Sosa) put together the group Oaktown Irawo –to establish a link between the African-rooted musical cultures of Oakland, California and those of Latin American roots (especially Cuban). "Oaktown means Oakland in bay area ebonics and Irawo means star in Yoruba cubonics". The all-star cast that completes the band includes Rahsaan Fredericks on bass, David Garibaldi on drums, Yosvany Terry on sax, and Bill Ortiz on trumpet, as well as several guest artists from the Bay Area. Oaktown Irawo's music combines Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazz harmonies, R&B flavors, and urban elements from both schools, to achieve a unique sound and style which sets them apart from the majority of their counterparts. Eight original compositions inspired by Eddie Palmieri's classic 1971 LP "Harlem River Drive". make up the debut album of true Latin jazz rhythms by some of the best talents out of Oaktown, California, USA.

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