Of all the countries that have played a part in its evolution, the small Caribbean island of Cuba has had the greatest influence on Latin music as we know it today.
When I first saw Buena Vista Social Club, the iconic music documentary about the 1930s-era Havana club and revitalized as a band in the late ‘90s, I immediately called my momContinue readingThe Resilience of Music: Cuba and the Buena Vista Social Club
Whether it’s live salsa in a restaurant or traditional trova performed at a dance hall, music is ubiquitous in Cuba. Cubans are extremely musical, and you’ll see them dancing, singing, and playingContinue readingMusicians of Cuba
Old Glory isn’t the only red, white and blue we can celebrate this weekend. That other revolution, nearly 200 years after the United States’, may have shaken up the traditionalContinue readingThe Other Red, White & Blue: Orquesta Akokán Brings Cuba’s Finest
A full moon hung low in the Havana sky, looking expectant, the night before a gala mid-December concert opened the 32nd annual Jazz Plaza Havana festival. A reception crowded the courtyard ofContinue readingCuba Is the Missing Link in Jazz History
The Caribbean island of Cuba has been influential in the development of multiple musical styles in the 19th and 20th centuries. The roots of most Cuban musical forms lie inContinue readingCuban Music History
On my second trip to Cuba, back I went with some friends to a beach outside Havana to get some much needed sun and sea. While relaxing, two musicians appearedContinue readingMagical musical moments in Trinidad de Cuba
Cuba is a country with a palpable rhythm. Music and dance are the heart and soul of the island. It’s an energetic mix of soulful Spanish melodies and lyrical traditions,Continue readingEverything You Want To Know About Cuban Music and Dance
Cuba is such a musical country, and it’s hard to find a Havana street that doesn’t have music coming out of a storefront. The rich brew of Cuban music consists of African rhythms, Spanish décima poetry that dates backContinue readingCuban Music: Wonderful but Complicated by Politics!