Friday, March 25, 2011

El toque de la clave se escucha desde lejos

Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images
Arsenio Rodríguez, a Cuban composer, bandleader and musician, 
pictured in a recording studio in the 1950s.

Appearances by bands from Cuba as well as films about Cuban musicians will be on offer in New York this spring.

For a quick but surprisingly comprehensive education about Cuban music's influence on the United States and its deep roots in New York, New Orleans, and everywhere in between, check out this article from this morning's New York Times

Also, be sure to click on some of the multimedia links in the article - music clips, photos, video, and of course, the guru Ned Sublette breathlessly describing Cuban music in the US as "the other great tradition."

Alejandro Ernesto/European Pressphoto Agency
Los Muñequitos de Matanzas performing at the National Theater in Havana in January 2004.

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