Tata Güines (Federico Aristides Soto)

One of the highlights of my March 2016 trip to Cuba was visiting the small city of Güines, a major historical center of Cuba’s sugar industry, 50 kilometers southeast of Havana.

The city center has a beautiful town square and many handsome private homes and is the birthplace of not one but two Cuban music legends: Tata Güines and Arsenio … Read more

Jane Bunnett’s Cuban Odyssey

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Ken talks with jazz veterans Jane Bunnett and Larry Cramer about their musical odyssey in Cuba which began over 30 years ago in 1982.

You will not find North Americans anywhere who have a deeper connection with the island, its music and its musicians.

If you’re at all interested in Cuba and its music, … Read more

Afro-Latin music venues in New York City


If you can’t make it to Cuba, but are in or can get to New York City, you can experience one of the great Afro-Latin music centers on earth without leaving the US.

Here are six places in New York City that host world class Afro-Latin music performances on a regular basis:

Hostos Community College (El Bronx)

SOBs (Downtown)… Read more

Mario Bauzá on the roots of Afro-Latin music


“It’s all the same music. We just speak it with different accents.”

– Mario Bauzá (as quoted by Albert Angeloro)

Eddie Palmieri on Cuban music

“There is no other rhythm on the planet that excites me like the structures that came out of Cuba. I learned them intuitively and then I learned them scientifically.”

– Eddie Palmieri