Friday, December 19, 2014

Let's Celebrate Cuban Music !

First Published in DelawareLiberal on December 19, 2014 by ProgressivePopulist

President Obama has pulled another one out of his hat !  Thawing of our relations with the Cuban people.  Great work, Mr. President.

Soon I hope this means not just "education" trips to Cuba, or trips to Mexico to get Cuban cigars, or limited cultural exchange.  Let it explode and bring on their great music....lots of it.  This may be their most wonderful export.

I for one am hunting for the CD I have somewhere featuring some of their aging but extraordinary musicians, the Buena Vista Social Club.  But there is so much more, especially the regional Afro-Cuban music, rumba bands and a joyous collection of other regional styles that seem to uplift their people from the grim realities of their political history.

I hope this also means greater opportunity and improvement for the lives of the wonderful Cuban people in their homeland.  I hope they don't ditch the classic half century plus old American cars they somehow have managed to get parts for and kept running.

President Obama, you never cease to amaze.