This is an album spawned from a memorial to Emilio Vandenedes, a radio man from L.A. and Miami. A multitude of Cuban artists who knew and loved him turned out to perform a memorial service of sorts, which eventually evolved into a full-fledged album. The artists on the album range from 18 to 83 in age, and include some of the great legends of Cuban music (as well as American jazz in Al McKibbon): Chucho Valdes, Francisco Aguabella, Pio Leyva, and others. The quality of the music is enough to make any given fan of the Cuban roots craze (spawned in the U.S. by Buena Vista Social Club, among others) turn and take a second look at what had been happening in Cuba prior to Ry Cooder. Newer generation players also appear, including the vocal group Bamboleo, flutist Orlando Valle, and bassist Carlos del Puerto, Jr. As usual, all of the major styles (guajira, rumba, comparsa, bolero, son, descarga, bata) of Cuban music appear in some form in the midst of the playing.
One of the best Timba-modern-Afro-Cuban music DVDs out there. The musician lineup includes All-Star members from some of Cuba's top groups, including Feliciano Arango on bass (fron NG La Banda), famed to be the "father of modern afro-cuban bass".
Nel 1960 Sartre e Simone de Beauvoir trascorsero un lungo perìodo a Cuba, visitando l'isola e incontrando i suoi principali dirigenti. Memorabile è l’incontro con Fidel Castro e con Che Guevara nel racconto che ne ha fatto Sartre. …
In 1672 Cuban revolutionaries launch an uprising against the Spanish who are occupying the country.