Feel the Montuno Rhythm…


What I remember from 1999 was the ubiquity of music: everywhere, every day, in clubs at night and on the Malecón in the mornings – music.

It’s unfortunate I can’t pack up my bags and skip town to Havana, Cuba.  But, it sounds like change could be a coming.  The picture I always envisioned was a tropical paradise with musicians – more talented than your favorite band – playing their hearts out on the street, in a restaurant and of course, at the local disco; people are dancing in any area where there is space; people are smiling; and the mojitos are flowing.  In last week’s Time, there was an excellent article about the potential change coming to Cuba – including the music of the country: Salsa.  If this timba was to disappear, like the article suggests is slowly happening, will I ever get to truly experience my original vision of the island?  Man, I couldn’t imagine touching down in Havana to anything but a group of 75 year old men laying down the Cuban rhythms – while the dark mamis shake it…

The Sound of Change


2 Responses to “Feel the Montuno Rhythm…”

  1. December 10, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Your best post yet. Very well written, straight from the heart. Props.

  2. June 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    You’re high.

    I live here and let me tell you that the people here are barely scraping two fucking nickles together to buy something to eat and you’re out there thinking this place is some tropical paradise where they’re going to shove a mojito in your hand and a cigar in your mouth the moment you land.

    Deluded idiot.

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