john h. mcdowell


- highlights of cuba

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When my friend and former student Raymond Hall suggested that we travel together to a conference in Cuba in the summer of 2000, I was already out the door.  Any Latin Americanist, and especially, any student of music in Latin America, is necessarily as well a Cubanist.  The conference wasn't that hot, so Raymond and I spent a week in July getting to know the people, sights, and sounds of La Habana, Matanzas, and Santiago.  Highlights of the trip?  Cerveza Crystal; hanging out with our friends, Henry and Carlos and their families, in La Habana Vieja; dancing to the orisha in Havana and Matanzas; experiencing Cuba's carnival on the streets of Santiago; and soaking in the wonderful sounds of Sol y Son, a Santiago band.  With my camera and tape recorder in hand, I was able to document a small fragment of the folkloric spectacle that is Cuba today.


Santiago Street Music


Scenes of Cuba

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