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

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

Daymé!

A beautiful singer, a beautiful band, and beautiful footage of the beautiful people of Cuba.

The tune is “La Rumba Me Llamo Yo”

The singer and leader is Daymé Arocena, one of the great artists of the new generation of Cuba.

A comment from a YouTube viewer:

“I’m not Cuban or have any Hispanic descendant but I watched her on … Read more

Ray Barretto and friends on Sesame Street

It’s no mystery why Ray was such a beloved figure

That’s “Little” Ray Romero on bongo.

The follows appears to be outtakes from the same program.

A beautiful bio of Ray Romero here from https://worldmusiccentral.org/2006/08/19/master-rumbero-little-ray-romero-dies-in-florida/

“During the 40s, Little Ray performed with the legendary Xavier Cugat Ochestra before joining the U.S. Army. After his army tour, he played with Noro … Read more

Nosotros La Musica

Made in 1964 and loosely translates to “We Are the Music”

Written and directed by Rogelio Paris (1936-2016)

This film was his first major project and he made it when only 28.

Paris worked as a documentary maker at the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) and was also a permanent professor of Filmmaking at the Faculty of Cinema, Radio and Television … Read more