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 into a thriving thriving community socially and economically under the leadership of singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Carlinhos Brown.

Bebo works out on the Cuban classic “El Mansiero”, the 1930 that helped kickstart the US passion for Cuban music.

– Ken McCarthy
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