¿Que Vola? are made up of a French septet and three Cuban percussionists. Led by Fidel Fourneyron, they explore the relationship between music and ritual, and between drums and gods, in new documentary series.

The trombonist Fidel Fourneyron left for Cuba in 2012 on a musical journey to the land that gave him his name. He returned to France with a new concept and the determination to see it through.

What if the virtuosity of both nations could be combined in a group that celebrates the youthful energy of the French jazz scene while incorporating spiritual and ritualistic Afro-Cuban rhythms … Que Vola? (which translates as “what’s up?”) was born. Their first album was released today, January 25.

Fourneyron leads this collective, made up of a French septet and three Cuban percussionists. But apart from releasing the musical product of their union (listen to their recent track “Calle Luz”), they are rolling out a documentary series as well.

It is clear that the group want to make sure that their core spirit, this link between Paris and Havana, remains a driving force in their art. In the first instalment of their documentary series, they follow Ramon Tamayo Martinez, a percussionist in the group, back to his homeland.

In episode one, “he tells us how drums and Afro-Cuban deities are inseparable.” Watch it right here on Qwest TV:

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