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 video archive

The organization is called 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


Produced by CGTN

A trip to Brazil

If you like Cuba, you’re going to like Bahia.

Thanks to the magic of the Internet we can all walk the streets, hear the music, and feel the vibe.

A documentary on the renaissance of Afro culture in northeastern Brazil.

Great news!

You can now watch this video – and all Spanish … Read more

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque All-Stars

Big news: You can catch Jane and her band in an intimate setting at the Falcon on the Hudson Valley this Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Jane Bunnett and and her husband Larry Kramer have provided the gateway to the larger world for countless young Cuban musicians.

Being from Canada helps. Unlike those of us from the “Land of the No-So-Free”, … Read more