Colaboración Series: Yissy is a lot of Yissy

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This is Clandestina’s first in our “Colaboración” series, where we partner with other talented artists, designers and musicians to create a unique piece inspired by their art and work. 

There are two Yissy's inside the same body. One is young and careful, noble and serene. The other is volatile and optimistic. It merges with the drums and explodes like it was possessed.

Yissy, recognizable in her iconic mohawk haircut, sporting her Clandestina Collaboración shirt in a barbershop in Havana.

A lot has been said about Yissy Garcia. She’s lead Yissy & Bandancha, a quintet whose debut album Última Noticia (2015) burst unabashedly into the island’s music scene and became one of the fundamental contemporary references of Cuban Jazz.

It’s been said that “she is, live, a spectacle of dozens of megabytes per second,” that “even though she hasn’t yet reached thirty, you could write an encyclopedia about her musical repertoire,” and that “It’s Yissy's creative and rebellious attitude that makes her play like she's just defeated an empire of beasts.”

But Yissy & Bandancha are much more than that. Their catalog features fusions of funk and electronic with rumba and other Afrocuban rhythms. The end result is a true spectacle that combines urban styles with ancient ancestral vernaculars. It is magic.

Yissy onstage with her band Bandancha at the Fábrica de Arte in Havana.

Yissy has shared the stages of Cuba and the world with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Roy Hargrove, Omara Portuondo, Joshua Bell y Dave Matthews. Starting in 2014, she has been part of the jazz group of Maqueque alongside Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett, whose first album Jane Bunnett and Maqueque won the Juno Award for best Jazz Album of the year.

Yissy is a superstar and Clandestina knows it. That’s why we’re overjoyed share our new collaboration with her and her band, who have on more than one occasion energized the parties at our shop in Old Havana. Muchas gracias y felicidades Yissy!

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Hay dos Yissys dentro de un mismo cuerpo. Una es joven y prudente, de apariencia noble y serena. La otra es volátil y sanguínea. Se funde con su batería y explota como si estuviera poseída.

Yissy is a superstar and Clandestina we at Clandestina are incrediblely priviledged to have her friendship and talent. That’s why we’re overjoyed share our new collaboration with her and her band, who have on more than one occasion energized the parties at our shop in Old Havana!

De Yissy se ha dicho mucho. Se sabe, por ejemplo, que desde 2012, lidera YISSY & Bandancha, un quinteto fuera de serie cuyo álbum debut Última Noticia (2015) se coló sin reparos en la escena musical de la Isla y se convirtió en uno de los referentes contemporáneos fundamentales del jazz en Cuba.

Se ha dicho que “es, en vivo, un espectáculo a decenas de megabytes por segundo”, que “aunque aún no alcanza las tres décadas, tiene un recorrido musical para escribir una encyclopedia,” que “es su naturaleza creativa y rebelde la responsable de que Yissy toque como si hubiese acabado de derrotar un imperio de fieras”.

Pero Yissy & Bandancha es mucho más que eso. En su catálogo se encuentran fusionados el funk y los géneros electrónicos con la rumba y otros ritmos afrocubanos. El resultado final es un verdadero espectáculo que combina estilos urbanos con sonoridades vernáculas ancestrales. Es magia.

En escenarios de Cuba y el mundo Yissy ha compartido con algunos cracks como Esperanza Spalding, Roy Hargrove, Omara Portuondo, Joshua Bell y Dave Matthews. Desde el año 2014 forma parte del line up de Maqueque junto a la saxofonista canadiense Jane Bunnett, cuya primera producción discográfica Jane Bunnett and Maqueque mereciera en el 2015 el Premio Juno al Mejor Álbum de Jazz.

Yissy es una gran Estrella y en Clandestina lo sabemos. Por eso estamos absolutamente orgullosos de realizar esta colaboración con ella y su banda, que en más de una ocasión ha animado las fiestas en nuestra tienda en La Habana Vieja.












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