CUBA LINKS ~
CUBA ABSOLUTELY – Get information about Cuba for your trip and learn about the Island’s contemporary happenings.
Best Paladares in Cuba – This is a list of some of the more known and highly rated eating establishments in Cuba.
WHAT’S COOKING IN HAVANA (Condé Nast Traveller)
Havana Club – Now that rum in small personal quantities can be brought to the USA, isn’t time you learned a little bit about Cuba’s National drink?
– Long forbidden contraband, you can now partake. Learn more.
Alejandro Robaina – Cuba’s most famous cigar maker.
CUBAN ARTS AND CULTURE
Obini Bata – The first female percussion, troupe in Cuba and probably the world that play the Bata drums professionally, along with song and dance. This instrument arrived in Cuba from Nigeria in the 1700’s with the slave trade and is the anchor to all African religions. Due to religious and cultural beliefs women were for a long time forbidden to play the instrument. In Nigeria’s Yoruba language, the meaning of Obini Bata is; “Women who play the Bata drum.”
Havana Club – Dayme Arocena (Jazz)
Havana Club – Yilian Cañizares (Jazz)
Havana Club – Yassy Garcia (Jazz)
“The inspiration for Las Vegas.”
Ernest Hemingway in Cuba
THE DOMINO DIARIES
My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway’s Ghost in the Last Days of Castro’s Cuba
Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo – Ned Sublette (ISBN1-55652-516-8)
Erudite, unbiased, informed, factual, lovingly and passionately researched, historically thorough, fun and entertaining! It beautifully links and documents the story of the drum on its journey and many routes from primal Africa to Spain, through to Islam, Europe and finally Cuba. If you read only one book about Cuban music, its political and ethnic history, it’s intertwined and symbiotic relation with the US up to the embargo, this is the one. A tour de force!