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Is Cuban music about to blow up in America ? www.thefader.com

As the U.S. and Cuba re-establish diplomatic relations, Latin music execs are scouting the island for crossover hits.

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Musically, Cuba is like a paellera — the pan in which locals cook up their take on the Spanish paella — filled with flamenco licks, Jamaican dancehall riddims, West African drum beats, and club-ready blends like cubaton and reggaeton. It’s a broad sonic spectrum that was borne painfully from Cuba’s blood-stained legacy of Spanish colonizers and imported African slaves, with Afro-Cuban percussion providing the backbone to many of the country’s diverse musical styles. Cuba is often seen as the ultimate music mecca, however, thanks to fraught Cuban-American relations, there’s been little chance of experiencing it in person for over fifty years.


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La Salsa Cubana | Documentary Film

Step into a world filled with vibrant dancing, fascinating relationships, and fabulous music. This film takes a look into a dance scene in Havana rarely seen outside of Cuba and features a soundtrack with some of Cuba’s greatest musical legends. La Salsa Cubana is the first feature film to explore Cuba’s popular social dance known as casino or Cuban salsa since it appeared in Havana social clubs during the 1950s.

Directed by Eric Joseph Johnson and Sarita Streng, with cinematography by Alvaro Rangel, La Salsa Cubana premiered at the Chicago Latino Film Festival in 2011, won audience award at the San Francisco Latino Film Festival, and was nominated for best documentary at Havana Film Festival New York.

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