Iroko – Vinyl


Avishai Cohen & Abraham Rodriguez Jr

Format: 12" Vinyl

“Iroko” by Avishai Cohen and Abraham Rodriguez Jr. fuses Latin music, Yoruba mythology, and jazz. Produced with Latin Grammy-winner Javier Limón, the album offers a universally appealing blend of reimagined classics and original pieces.

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Iroko – Vinyl

"Iroko" is a collaborative masterpiece between Avishai Cohen and Abraham Rodriguez Jr., diving deep into the vibrant worlds of Latin music, Yoruba mythology, and jazz. Produced alongside Latin Grammy-winner Javier Limón, the album signifies a key milestone for both musicians, marking Cohen's 20th album release and a major third project for Rodriguez. Each track serves as a harmonious confluence of Cohen's intricate bass arrangements and Rodriguez's soul-stirring hand-drumming and vocals.

One of the standout features of the album is its fresh take on classics. Songs like James Brown's "It's a Man's World" and Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" receive innovative reinterpretations that add new layers of complexity and appreciation. These renditions showcase the unique artistic synergy between Cohen and Rodriguez, creating an immersive experience that transcends musical genres.

The album is also rooted in a long-lasting friendship and musical camaraderie between the two artists that began in 1993. They first crossed paths while performing with Ray Santiago’s band in New York. From that instant connection, their music philosophies intertwined, leading to decades of stage performances together. This history and chemistry are vividly reflected throughout the album, making it more than just a collection of songs.

"Iroko" serves as a tribute to various music traditions, most notably the Afro-Caribbean rhythms that underlie its foundation. It also honors legendary figures like the late Gonzalez brothers, who were pivotal in melding salsa and jazz. This multifaceted homage makes the album more than just a musical composition; it’s a journey through influential touchstones that have shaped the artists and the genres they navigate.

According to Rodriguez, the album possesses a universal appeal that goes beyond just the musical community. "Even those who are bitter, when they hear these songs, will be touched and smile," he says. In a time marked by social and political divisions, "Iroko" aims to serve as a healing force, touching the hearts of listeners across different backgrounds and beliefs.

Beyond its musical brilliance, "Iroko" is designed to be a full-bodied experience. The album not only consists of intricately arranged tracks but is also supplemented with a series of live performances. Therefore, when you invest in "Iroko," you are not merely acquiring an album; you are partaking in a rich, artistic experience that defies easy categorization. Don't miss the opportunity to own this remarkable blend of melody, rhythm, and soul.


  1. The Healer
  2. Abie's Thing
  3. Tintorera
  4. It's a Man's World
  5. Descarga Para Andy
  6. Avisale A Mi Vecina - 'Iroko'
  7. Thunder Drum
  8. Exodus
  9. A Bailar Mi Bomba
  10. Crossroads
  11. Venus
  12. A La Loma De Belen
  13. Fahina
  14. Fly Me To The Moon


  • Avishai CohenBass & Vocals
  • Abraham Rodrigues JrCongas & Vocals
  • Virginia AlvesVocals
  • Avishai Cohen and Javier LimonProducers
  • Garret De BlockRecorded and mixed
  • Ryan PhillipsAssistant engineer