Cuban master Bebo Valdés and friends

In this case, the friends are Brazilian.

This is a clip from the film “El Milagro de Candeal” (The Miracle of Candeal), part documentary, part cinematic parable by Spanish director Fernando Trueba, the maker of “Calle 54.”

The film is about how music and social action transformed a notorious slum in the Brazilian in Bahia (a state on the northeastern … Read more

Cándido Camero and Bobby Sananbria

Two great gentleman percussionists talking about the fine points of the art.

Cándido Camero is the most recorded conga player in jazz history.

In this interview, Bobby Sananbria interviews him about Cándido’s life in Cuba and New York City and the innovations he brought to percussion.

We covered Cándido and the film about him “Hands of Fire” in a previous … Read more

Preservation Hall Jazz: From New Orleans to Cuba and back again

Everyone who knows anything about jazz knows that New Orleans is essential to the story of jazz.

A whole lot fewer know that Cuba is essential to the story of New Orleans (but most of our over 40,000 subscribers do!)

Before 1959 travel back and forth between New Orleans and Havana was common – for over 200 years.

For much … Read more

All about the bongo

Bobby Sanabria tells the story of the bongo.

This archetypal Cuban instrument was developed in Oriente, eastern Cuba.

Understanding a little about it will explode your appreciation of Cuban music exponentially.

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Of course, you do!

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Going deeper into Changüí

Last week we dropped in on a Changüí party in Oriente (eastern Cuba.)

We witnessed a friendly and sincere dispute between a young rapper from Havana and a Changüisero.

Today we go back to the music and learn how Changüí lyrics are improvised and why there’s more to it than meets the eye.

– Ken McCarthy
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