Out of the NYC Afro Cuban music cocoon, Jose Conde has emerged with a Moog synthesizer in hand, looper, phat beats and a slew of new structured songs and free form jams in pocket, to launch his new sonic experiment and journey into tropical, electric, ass shaking funk. Bravely exploring rhythmic crosscurrents has long been a passion of Conde who won the Best Latin Album IMA in 2008 with his group Ola Fresca and later received accolades for his first solo effort of 2011 (Jose Conde self titled). The new Jose Conde solo project features Conde on keys, electric guitars, vocals and minor percussion, Obanilu Ire on multi percussion, Sweetcane on electric space guitar, and Geminelle Rollins on vocals, loops, and other sounds. Conde also performs solo with his extensive setup and collaborates with guest musicians, djs’ rappers, and other sound and noise artists. Jose Conde is currently working on his second solo album and is planning a fall or winter 2018 release.
Jose Conde is a Cuban American singer, songwriter, arranger, multi instrumentalist, and producer based in Brooklyn, NY who leads the genre bending Latin band OLA FRESCA and his own solo project. Conde grew up in Miami and adopted and employed traditional Cuban music with a deep roots sensibility, along with his first experiments in the fusing of funk and rock, in Ay!Que Rico, his 2004 OLA FRESCA debut. His follow-up record, (R)Evolucion, won the 2008 Best Latin Album Independent Music Award with a sound that, according to The New York Times, is a new “Cuban music that is good for dancing and thinking.” Conde’s 2015 Ola Fresca album, ELIXIR, was called “one of the best albums of the year” by Songlines UK
In 2011 Conde released a solo self titled album that departed from typical Latin dance music opting for diverse world roots influences and colors from South Africa to Brazil to Peru with songs containing provocative lyrical stories and themes and rock and electronic elements. The album spent 12 weeks in the top 5 of the CMJ world music charts and was positively reviewed worldwide.
Jose Conde was the musical director, writer and arranger for the Sony/Rope a Dope children’s music album Baby Loves Salsa.
He was the writer and musical director for INTAR theater’s off Broadway production THE COOK. Conde is also a film composer and his credits include the feature films the documentary 90 Miles (PBS) and the BABY GIRL. His music has appeared in numerous Putumayo Records international releases as well as film and television shows such as Californication and Burn Notice. For more info about Jose Conde and his projects please visit www.olafresca.com or www.joseconde.com