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.