Electronic, Afro-Cuban, Global
On The Corner, Liminal Recordings,
Penya, a multi-genre blend of ancestral rhythms and chants with a particular penchant for Afro-Cuban music galvanised by periods spent living in Havana.
Their name derives from the Spanish word 'Peña' which describes a meeting place for musicians, true lovers of music & celebration!
Through their polyglot musical and lyrical expression they seek to create a vision of how to live & grow from where we start, into the fullness of our humanity.
Penya sings in Spanish, Yoruba, Finnish, French, and English, idioms with which they connect through upbringing, family, & other ties.
Their latest self produced and self released LP 'Penya' questions "how deeply our musical roots reach into the unseen places that keep us anchored to the real world."
In 2022, Penya spearheaded “WEMA”, an international collaboration that comprises Penya, the Tanzanian artist Msafiri Zawose and the New York based producer Photay. WEMA’s debut was released to critical acclaim by the legendary Berlin based label !K7 records and the release was followed by a UK tour.
“Brilliant - that is so good!“ - Gilles Peterson
“A seductive imaginary road trip” **** - The Times
“ A vibrant fiesta of Cuban-influenced magnificence - will lift your spirits in a heartbeat” **** - Louder than War
“A space age invocation. Highly recommended” **** - Songlines Magazine
“Guaranteed to uplift the soul” - Stamp the Wax
“Sure to fuel shoulder shimmies and hip grooves” - The Vinyl Factory
"Now that is a brilliant record" - Jamz Supernova, BBC radio 6 music