Music in Cuba (Part 2: Havanason)

During our one-day trip into Havana, we had lunch at some place where a music duo called Havanason serenaded the patrons like this:

(Do a search for “Havanason” and you’ll discover more than a few bands with that name.) Here are two CDs they sold us for 5 pesos each:

The MP3 disc ain’t exactly legal, but I don’t think copyright is as big a deal in Cuba as it is in North America. The guy on the right whistles like a bird through most of the songs like this:

And here’s the one song everybody played (which happens to be the name of a half decent cigar too):

Related posts for my trip to Cuba are filed under Varadero.

Black Dub East Coast Tour? (I think not)

Black Dub apparently went on an east coast tour in the fall and now they’re doing a west coast tour. But what qualifies as east these days leaves a lot to be desired for those us who live on an actual coast in eastern North America.

A message to Black Dub management: St. John’s, Newfoundland is east. So is Halifax, Nova Scotia. Even Moncton, New Brunswick is east. Any further west than that isn’t exactly east, and it definitely isn’t coast.

So when you’re ready for a real east coast tour, get the band on a plane to St. John’s and then go from there. We’ll be ready for you.

The Holy Heart Auditorium (at 709-754-1600) would be a great venue for Black Dub (just saying).

Message to Black Dub management ends here. Everyone else, check out the live footage. It’s beautiful.