Music seems to be a universal form of art, regardless the culture, language and age. Music is all around us, Cuba was not an exception when it came to music. As we all know, Fidel Castro passed away November 25, 2016. The music and festivities were halted until January 6, 2017, that is how long the mourning period took. With this being said, we were unable to get the full experience when it came to street musicians and festivities that appeared to be a big deal in Cuba. Before heading to Cuba, our expectations were to interact with the musicians that would play right outside a store, street, or right around the corner. Unfortunately that did not occur due to the fact that we were unaware of the impact that Castro had with his locals.
Nonetheless, Lemonwire went on a hunt for music spots. Alas, we manage to find a few locations with live music. First location with live music was called Cerveceria La Antigua and the instrumental part of it was enjoyable, you could really here the strands on the guitar being played, the maracas, bongos, trumpet, and many more instruments. The one thing that really separated a great performance from an okay performance was their mic sound. You could not make out a word that they were singing because the mics were not loud enough. After 2 hours we decide to leave to our second location, Jazz Bar. There is not much to say, since the performer was late and after 3 hours of waiting we decided to go in search of our next location. Kilometro Zero was the last and the best live music that day. Lemonwire got the opportunity to speak to one of the members in the group that was playing. His name was Eduardo and he shared with us how Cuba is full of talent and that he is fortunate to be playing at all. He was the base player, but the main attraction was the girl who played the flute. Favorite part of this specific performance was the fact that a local jumped in. The musicians stepped aside and the local and the bongo player alternated. You can see the joy in the local’s face, it was something to see.
All throughout our time there we encountered a few more groups similar to the one we saw at Kilometro Zero and they all seem to play music with similar style. It was all good, the type of music that you can’t sit through, the type of music you have to get up and dance to. It is all those percussion instruments that makes Cuban music stand out. It sounds a lot different from the music you would listen to if you were to flip through the radio here. Cuban music definitely has its own flavor, and that flavor certainly reflects on the listener. I dare you to listen to Cuban music, without tapping your foot!