Master drummer, Henry Cole and Villa Locura team up with the Puerto Rican rapper/griot, Tego Calderon for the second installment of the upcoming CD, Simple.
Recorded in New York and Puerto Rico the single Caminando (Walking) combines African and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Afro-Puerto Rican folklore, funk, R&B, jazz and spoken word (think Rafael Cortijo meets James Brown and Fela Kuti).
In a nutshell, it’s about walking with purpose and swag. “As we say in el campo, says Tego, “we have little but we have so much. That’s why we are ahead of the game, why we walk with faith and spirit!”
Truth be told, words don’t do the groove justice. In order to appreciate Villa Locura, strap on a set of headphones and immerse yourself in its cross-cultural sound. “My culture is mestizo,” says Cole, “we are mixed and there is strength in our power. I try to carry that message. ” And, he does!
ABOUT HENRY COLE: Henry Cole is a shape-shifting drummer whose versatile, multicultural style positions him at the forefront of a growing wave of jazz innovation and cross-cultural 21st-century rhythms.
A Grammy award winner, master drummer, and skilled arranger, he draws inspiration from a long line of highly skilled Boricua Pioneers who performed in local, military and jazz bands. His sonic roots – African, Indigenous and European – have been percolating for years and have come together to create a unique, mestizo sound.
A native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Cole started playing the piano at the age of four and fell in love with the drums at nine. The musical romance led to La Escuela Libre de Música de Mayaguez and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.
Check out the tune, El Diablo featuring Tito Allen and Miguel Zenon’s tribute to the late, great Ismael Rivera titled Sonero, where Cole appears as a sideman.