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

In the workshop with Don Caly

The story of Cuban music is also the story of the Havana-New York connection.

And look, you can’t talk about New York without talking about the beautiful Bronx.

And you can’t talk about the Bronx without talking about the beautiful Puerto Rican community and its incalculable contribution to American music.

Today we leave the bandstand and visit the workshop of … 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.

Want more?

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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Changüí party

A scene from the movie “Cuba Feliz”

If you don’t speak Spanish and the subtitles aren’t working and you’d like to see what they are singing, you can click on the upper left hand corner of the video and be taken to YouTube to see a subtitled version. (But remember to come back!)

Seventy-six-year-old Cuban street musician Miguel Del Morales, … Read more