Toppa Top ’15: The 15 Best Caribbean Albums of 2015

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5. Dayme Arocena- Nueva Era
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Nueva Era was a perfect title for the debut album from Cuban singer Daymรฉ Arocena. 2015 was the dawn of a new era for her homeland, as Cuba’s diplomatic thaw with the US brought greater interest to the island, and naturally it’s already globally-treasured music. Nueva Era arrived in a timely fashion, bringing forth a fresh fusion of Afro-Cuban and classic American jazz and R&B. Havana, with a bit of ’90s Philly neo-soul. “Madres” sounds like it could have been recorded during a break from D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar sessions, while “Don’t Unplug My Body” has echoes of Jill Scott, but with some bata drums. โ€” Jesse Serwer

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