Radio: This Is Cuba
by Judy Cantor-Navas | August 25, 2015
Cuba is a musical superpower. With the island's fusion of Spanish and African cultures, its innate tropical seaside rhythm, and its artists' fearless innovation, the nation's music has become synonymous with sabor. And while Cuban music has gone in and out of style in the U.S., its global popularity never dies.
Sure, you can argue about which decade was the best for Cuban music, and get into the pre-revolutionary versus revolutionary discussion. But why bother? On this radio station we've brought together tracks by everyone from icons Beny Moré, Arsenio Rodríguez and Perez Prado to mid-century pioneers like Machito and Bebo Valdés. We also include contemporary Cuban music greats like Pablo Milanes and Los Van Van, the beloved Buena Vista Social Club and all its offshoots, and the latest music from currently hot artists such as Descemer Bueno, Danay Suarez and Pedrito Martinez. It's a list that blends dance music, boleros, folk songs, Afro-Cuban ritual music, rock, jazz and hip-hop. So clear a space on the floor (and in your heart), loosen your hips, and get ready to enjoy many hours of songs straight from Cuba!