Largehearted Boy: Cuban Music Playlist for The Other Side of Paradise

Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura visited New York in February, on tour for the new translation of his latest novel, The Man Who Loved Dogs. In an interview, he was asked about his great passion for music. When he responded, in addition to discussing how music is the great passion of his entire country, he said “one of the large political issues in Cuba in recent years is that we have a president who doesn’t know how to dance.” Raúl Castro’s left feet notwithstanding, music’s importance to Cuba can’t be understated. Rhythm pervades every step of every path through Havana.

(Check out my playlist of Cuban music, from Elvis covers to dub step to Cuban jazz to reggaeton, on Largehearted Boy & Spotify!)

Two of my favorite Cuban artists, photog Alejandro González and painter Alejandro Campins, are kicking off a show at Havana’s Villa Manuela gallery tomorrow. Go. 

Two of my favorite Cuban artists, photog Alejandro González and painter Alejandro Campins, are kicking off a show at Havana’s Villa Manuela gallery tomorrow. Go. 

 ”7 Días en la Habana,” stateside. 

It’s a place that works for writers because you can’t do much else.
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If in Havana on September 20 -> and onward, go to this show, exploring the seam between art and design in Cuba. 

theparisreview:

“‘I just design with old things,’ she tells me with a shrug. But Yanet hasn’t worked on a play in years, and her job, apartment, and everything in it relies on the discretion of her customers. Attachment to the material and the beautiful is fleeting in Havana, breakable.”
Read more from Julia Cooke on “Five-cent Yanet”’s mostly-illegal vintage emporium in Cuba here.

theparisreview:

“‘I just design with old things,’ she tells me with a shrug. But Yanet hasn’t worked on a play in years, and her job, apartment, and everything in it relies on the discretion of her customers. Attachment to the material and the beautiful is fleeting in Havana, breakable.”

Read more from Julia Cooke on “Five-cent Yanet”’s mostly-illegal vintage emporium in Cuba here.

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