Cuban trumpet player and composer Yelfris Valdés plays tracks from his debut album 'For the Ones'. Yelfris is a Cuban artist, composer and trumpet player, who mixes the latest electronic technics with the spiritual chants and mystic rhythms from the Orishas. 'With his debut LP the incredible talent Yelfris Valdés is paving the way for the future of the new Cuban sound' - Nick Gold (Grammy Award Winning producer of Buena Vista Social Club)
His time in London has seen him collaborate with some of the finest UK musicians from Mobo award winning drummer Moses Boyd and pioneering grime MC Kano to highly lauded producer Quantic, he also recorded on the Yussef Kamaal project with Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Records which went on to become the best-selling jazz album in the UK for generations shining an international light on this new wave of UK jazz musicians.
He has been recording and performing non stop with different projects such as: Carlos Acosta at Royal Opera House, Kano MC, Yussef Kamaal, Yannick Noa, Quantic music, Sugaray Rayford, OUM, Dayme Arocena, Gilles Peterson, Ariwo, Ana Tijoux, Charlie Hunter, Afrocubism, Cubafrobeat, Moses Boyd, Yussef Dayes, Dele Sosimi and his Afrobeat Orchestra.
In 2018 Yelfris released his first Ep called ‘The World Of Eshu Dina’ which is a tribute to the Yoruba religion. The musical traditions of Yoruba are incorporated into his work. Yelfris’ Afro-Cuban roots connects him directly with Mother Earth and the Orisha Gods.
'Absolutely brilliant this album.. this guy is a very important new generation Cuban Artist' - Gilles Peterson BBC 6 Music
'The Incredible Afrocuban Trumpeter player... Yelfris Valdes, sounds like his horn could be made of glass!' - Mary Anne Hobbs – BBC 6 Music
'Yelfris is the don! he has an ear for music like none other & he’s one my favourite players' - Quantic
'Yelfris is a special cat. He’s an artist who looks to find his own unique voice whilst sharing a respect for the traditions and forbears who brought the music to where it is. In the music you sense a deep love and connection to an ancestral domain whilst his approach and delivery maintains a distance ahead of the status quo, always forward looking and a moving reflection of his generation.' - Chris Philips, Head of Music, Jazz FM
Presented by Ronnie Scott's.