Son from “La Herrería de Sirique” (1966)

A herrería is a blacksmith shop and “La Herrería de Sirique” is about a Havana blacksmith who loved music.

Blacksmith by day, musician and music lover Alfredo González Suazo — better known as Sirique — ran one of the most important spaces for Cuban music in 1960s Havana in his blacksmithing shop.

Before the shop and its music program closed in 1968, it was documented in the film “La Herrería de Sirique” by Héctor Veitía.

From the series shot at Sirique’s blacksmith workshop, January 1967,
by Ernesto Fernández
Courtesy Ernesto Fernández

– Ken McCarthy
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Rumba from "La Herrería de Sirique" (1966)
Al Compas de Cuba (1960)