Orishas Announces Comeback Album

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Yotuel Romero and Ruzzo Medina of Orishas perform on the Siam Stage on the second day of the Womad Festival at Charlton Park on July 25, 2009 in Wiltshire, England. 

Cuban hip-hop group reunites for 2016 release

Orishas, the hip-hop group that pioneered a distinctly Cuban style with international appeal and opened a window to the world on the urban music scene in Havana, has announced they are reuniting  to make an album that will be released in 2016.

“We are making the first single from our new album,” Yotuel Romero, the Orishas frontman who has since gone on to compose hits for Ricky Martin and other Latin artists, posted on Facebook on Christmas Eve. “...The Gods are back my people!!!!!”

Yotuel, known by his first name, Hiram Riverí Medina, called Russo, and Roldán González Rivero formed the Latin Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated group in 1999 in Paris, where they were living at the time. They debuted with the revelatory 2000 album A Lo Cubano, and released three other albums and a retrospective compilation before separating in 2010.

The trio updated their once stagnant Orishas Facebook page over the holiday with a new photo of the trio recording in Havana.