The daughter of Bernardo García, co-founder of iconic 1970s Afro-Cuban jazz act Irakere, Yissy García remembers her first introduction to American musicians such as Herbie Hancock and Buddy Rich coming from cassettes her father brought back from touring. With a percussionist for a father, she naturally gravitated toward the drums, further inspired by musicians from abroad and at home. She’s now the main composer and bandleader for Bandancha, an innovative ensemble featuring drums, bass, piano, trumpet and a DJ/rapper. Their electrifying live performances bring together multiple genres. Where in the ‘90s Buena Vista Social Club provided the outside world with a look at the vibrant history of Cuban classical and jazz music, Yissy García and Bandancha point their musical noses forward, incorporating funk, rumba, electronic music, sampling and rap into the classic Cuban foundation. It’s experimental and fresh while maintaining elements of signature Afro-Cuban polyrhythms thanks to García’s powerhouse drumming. An established Havana favourite, García and her band are following in her father’s footsteps by once again bringing the new sound of Cuba to the world.
Biography by Sean Myers