Cuba has an astonishing new generation of experimental musicians, eager to be heard by the wider world. Gilles Peterson travels to Havana to uncover its diverse new music scene, including hip hop, jazz, fusionand son.
Cuba is poised for enormous change, following a series of discussions between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro. Both countries are re-opening embassies in each other’s capitals. But what effect will this have on its musicians? While Cuban artists are finding it easier to tour, making music in Cuba remains difficult. A high-speed internet service is not yet widely available, so records from the US and Europe are exchanged on USB sticks.
Edition dedicated to Cuba by New York Porter Magazine
Eme Alfonso stands out as one of the most important contemporary creators of her native country, She always concern to reconnect with her own culture roots and what define today the Cuban identity. This preoccupation and constant effort to claim and show the permanence of our ancestors, is determined in her genetics. On the defense of that beautiful family legacy and her assumptions as daughter, wife and Cuban artist, she spoke with Suenacubano.
Havana World Music aims to promote cultural diversity through music. Its organizers have been trying since 2014 to show an ambitious event where different views are combined and make Havana an square to become essential for artists from other regions.
It happens these days in Madrid and much more often than you might think. Often the perfect conditions to enjoy music exist: a small club, great musicians and leading an international star like Eme Alfonso. Latin jazz fans in the capital of Spain take a few months to enjoy her the presence.
The inspiration comes from the emotion behind each person, the inspiration is the basis of music, without inspiration there is no live music, music always need stories to combine the perfect truth, when you live your emotions you have be surrounded and be transported where your needs take you.