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Cuba is not just another country with music.

It’s nothing less than the Mother Ship of Afro-Latin music.

With its habanera, danzon, changüí, son, son montuno, rumba, mambo, cha-cha-cha, timba, and wide variety of Afro-Cuban spiritual musical forms, Cuba has been as important to the music of the world as the United States has been with its blues, jazz, rock … Read more

The NYU Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria

DECEMBER 4, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NYU ALL UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA conducted by Bobby Sanabria

CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A LATIN JAZZ SPECTACULAR!!!

WORKS BY LEONARD BERNSTEIN, TITO PUENTE, EDDIE PALMIERI, ARSENIO RODRIGUEZ, JOAO DONATO, AND MORE AS WELL AS HOLIDAY CLASSICS PERFOMED IN A LATIN JAZZ WAY!

Multi-Grammy nominated NYU faculty member Bobby Sanabria will be conducting the … Read more

Kiki Valera Son Cubano lives

A live performance – with dancers – by Kiki Valera y Su Son Cubano featuring the title track of their album “Vivencias en Clave Cubana”.

Vivencias, written by Kiki Valera and Coco Freeman

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Kiki Valera is the oldest son of the famed La Familia Valera Miranda septet, a multi-generational traditional music group from Santiago de Cuba.

Kiki … Read more

The RitmaCuba.com video archive

The organization is called RitmaCuba.com and it’s headquartered in France, Pierrefitte to be exact, just north of Paris.

Their work focuses on Santiago de Cuba.

Over the years, they’ve assembled a treasure trove of Afro-Cuban music video and have been adding to their YouTube archive for ten years. Diving into it ought to keep you busy (and warm) all winter … Read more

FOLI – (there is no movement without rhythm)

A film by Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg

For the record, “Africa” is too hopelessly vague a word to be useful to describe reality.

This is clear when you think about how we conceive other continents. There is really no one “African” culture any more any more than there is one European or one Asian culture. There are dozens … Read more