Music in Cuba (Part 1)

There was music every place we went in Cuba. Most of it was from live bands like these guys in Havana and it was all good.

(This is a small band compared to the guys who did the rounds at the resort in Varadero.)

If I ever go back to Cuba, I’ll make sure to get a hotel in Havana and stay there for at least two days so I can take in the culture — mainly the music. I’ve never been a big fan of Cuban music. I have the Buena Vista Social Club album like everybody else and I hardly ever listen to it. Experiencing Cuban music first hand, though, gives me a new appreciation for it. That music is jumping. It’s alive.

But it has some serious moments of pathos too. For instance, we stopped at a roadside joint on our way to Havana to use the washroom and chug down the best 9am Pina Colada I’ve ever tasted, and of course there was a band. Here they are singing a pathos-filled song about Che Guevara:

And here’s what they sounded like as we walked back to the bus after taking photos of some mocking birds:

I’ll post other sounds from Cuba as soon as I can.

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

About Phillip

Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

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