On ‘Caliente,’ New Orleans And Havana’s Shared Love Of Music Is Joyfully Celebrated ~ NPR

 

For four days in January, Getting Funky In Havana — the title of a musical exchange between Cuba’s Cimafunk and the New Orleans groups Tank and the Bangas and The Soul Rebels — explored and celebrated the shared musical roots of the artists’ hometowns. The musical ties between Havana and New Orleans go back hundreds of years, which Alt.Latino previously documented in our coverage of the project. But now, this historical connection has been brought into the 21st century in a new single featuring all three groups.

It’s a beautiful illustration of how much the two cities have in common, from their shared connection to Africa to the unabashed joy that music inspires in both places.

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