Filmed at Café Central in Madrid.

I haven’t been to Madrid in Spain yet, but it looks like it’s a good place to enjoy Cuban music.

Not long ago, we featured Chicas de Habana who are based there.

Here’s another young Cuban group in Madrid having fun with Gandinga, Mondongo y Sandunga, the classic Frank Emilio composition.

“Having fun” is a lesson some North American musicians could learn from their Cuban brothers and sisters.

Enough with the long faces. Music can be profound and fun at the same time.


Luis Guerra, piano
Yuvisney Aguilar, timbales
Reinier “El Negrón”, contrabajo
Juan Viera, congas
Michael Olivera, bongó

– Ken McCarthy
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I feel like playing the timbales
The funkiest beat - built off the clave