The rhythm of Cuba
Cuba is a place stuck in time.
But it’s the music that keeps track of everything.
The first street activity was a music lesson.
I met Alberto.
Hello, I’m Alberto.
He’s not a musician.
He studied history and he told me
all the history of the music of Cuba.
Every style in Cuba is a style of music.
It’s not only a style for listening,
or for enjoying quietly in a place.
It’s always a style for dance, OK?
When Alberto was teaching me the lessons
and the history of the music,
and Maurice was dancing all the time.
All the time.
He wouldn’t sit for even one song.
It was really good.
Let me breathe.
They dance differently in Columbia and in Cuba.
But it was really fun.
Then he told me how to play instruments.
And he was, all the time, dancing and laughing.
For me, Cuba is all about the music.
And I think the key is a very simple instrument.
But it’s very important in Cuban music.
What makes the difference is actually the silence
that makes the sound stronger.
It’s too easy to find good musicians in Cuba.
We were walking, and we just came into this cafe.
This group of people who were playing percussion and singing.
They have magic.
It was a nice moment.
And I just wanted to dance and see them.
And I could spend the whole day seeing those guys.
This man is going to teach me how to dance Cuban style.
I took some Salsa lessons.
It’s different in my country, and it’s different here in Cuba,
the way they dance.
They make more turns.
We are salseros by nature.
Since many years ago, there has been a big dance culture here.
Salsa itself is very popular in a sector of society.
It’s a lifestyle for many people.
His clients are from all over the world.
And he says that they speak one language, which is Salsa.
I love that.
We went to this bar.
It was playing for Cubans, not for tourists.
Like a moment that they share, they are together.
They are singing and dancing, and they know the songs.
And the next thing I knew,
it was me trying to sing with these flatos who had,
like a powerful voice, and the whole band.
I was amused by everything, having so much fun.
And I started to think that
people come (from) all over the world to learn to dance,
or to play an instrument,
or to do some art,
to become free.
So I think they find their freedom here.
I think the song that
is playing in every corner of the island,
quietly, is secret.
There will be the joy of life.
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The rhythm of Cuba