Candela by Buena Vista Social Club #Cuba #MusicMonday

I just returned from a trip to Cuba. Friends and I spent two days in Old Havana and enjoyed fabulous live music. Whether you understand the words or not, it’s impossible not to be carried away by energetic musicians to an addictive beat.

Music is played everywhere—all the time. You can hear it in cars, homes, bars, and restaurants.

The first night, we squeezed ourselves into La Bodeguita del Medio, Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bar for Mojitos. I wrote about this place in a previous post.

Our busy bartender never stopped prepping his assembly line.

Indeed, Mojitos flowed all night long!

When I gave one of the guitar players a gift of new strings, he and the band played “Candela” for us, a song made popular by the Buena Vista Social Club.

Music is such an integral part of Cuban life, and it was a pleasure to listen to local musicians. They made for a beautiful, spirited evening we will not soon forget.

Enjoy your week and have a listen to “Candela” by some masters.


14 thoughts on “Candela by Buena Vista Social Club #Cuba #MusicMonday

  1. Thanks for sharing this song with us. It sounds like a fabulous time you had and the music captivating. Have a great week Eden.

  2. I love that Eden, you must have had a great time as that is so much more upbeat than your usual Monday posts. I loved the movie way back when Ry Cooder went to Cuba and got them all out of retirement. Brought the old guys fame late. In fact I’m going to download it and watch it again tonight. Thanks Eden, love that music for its positive energy.

    1. Oh Brian, thanks so much for reminding me about the film. It’s definitely worth watching again. Heheh, more upbeat – definitely. 😀

  3. Thank you so much for sharing Eden. Can you send one of those drinks by email? lol

  4. Brought back memories. Loved both the film and the band, and I used to listen and dance with them all the time. Have to play it again now that you’ve reminded me. Thanks for sharing your Cuba stories, and a very happy Year of Pig to you too!

    1. Thanks Junying for dropping by! Agree, great movie and music. I’ll write a bit more about this recent Cuba trip shortly. There was a lot to digest, and I want to make it more than just a travelogue post. xox

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