The album was recorded at Havana’s Abdala Studio with the goal of recreating traditional Cuban sounds and rhythms with a modern American influences. Two Beats, One Soul dives into the musical communities of Guines (birthplace of the father of Afro-Cuban music aka “The King of Congos,” Tata Guines), Matanzas (best known for its poetry, the Danzón, and rumba), and Havana. Since the 19th century, Cuban music has influenced the musical stylings of rumba, Afro-Cuban jazz, salsa and more.
The album is a compilation featuring Eric Benét, Louie Vega, Jon B, Josh Milan, Cuban artists Ruben and Gabriel Rodriguez and Xiomara Laugart, plus Latin/pop artists Jean Rodriguez and Anané Vega, as well as production input from Ray Chew, Sergio George, Louie Vega and Cuba’s own Manolito Simonet. With all the artists combined, there is a total of 16 Grammy Awards in this album.
Two Beats, One Soul was digitally released on September 22nd via RVMK Records/Sony Music Latin (US). There is also a documentary directed by Billie Woodruff about the album set to be released on November 17th. The documentary visually walks through the album making process, giving a glimpse into the Cuban culture and lifestyle through a musical lens.