Being the best independent record label was nothing but a dream when it was first thought of by its founders, Graphic Artist, Agent, Promoter, Peggy Jo Oliva “PJ” and Artist, Producer, Musician, World Class Cuban Percussionist, Long John Oliva “Penalti”. In 2001, the seed was planted of Lucumi Music Productions, to see it grow, thrive and prosper. The record label started its operations out of the garage, which was furnished with proper equipment to book shows, and produce music. Out of that small garage, the AC Jazz Project's 1st release Lucumi was developed, which gained notoriety in the Latin Jazz world, eventually being listed as one of the Top 100 Latin Jazz Recordings of All Time by Latin Beat Magazine, and now in 2015, considered to be one of the most essential Latin Jazz Recordings of All Time, according to Latin Jazz Network. After the AC Jazz Project’s Lucumi release, Lucumi Music Production was able to produce three more successful AC Jazz Project recordings which included Buleya, Buscando La Ortographia and Conga Buena (a recording which included Executive Producers Peggy Jo Oliva and William Tilford and musically directed and co-produced by Josiel Perez and Jimmy Branly).
In the past decade Lucumi Music Productions has also opened up booking and promotional services, and has since worked with some of the best artists in jazz and latin music, including; Francisco Aguabella, Airto Moreira, Dennis Chambers, Rayford Griffin,
Kamasi Washington, Luis Conte, Patrice Rushen, Luis Eric Gonzalez, Carlitos del Puerto, Jimmy Branly, Orlando Valle "Maraca", Yosvany Terry, Havana D' Primera, Giraldo Piloto & Klimax and more...
What the future holds for the company? As the year comes to an end, the label has decided to expand its services which now consists of development and representation of new artists and re-development of existing artists by producing new music in a variety of genres to include, Hip Hop and Rap. Lucumi will also continue to book live performances and tours, promote, manage and market these artists for worldwide distribution and visibility which includes, Radio, TV, Social Media and Videos