Salsa vs Reggaeton
When: 7PM, Fri/July 30
What: ANIMALS OF CUBAN MUSIC
Pre-show: minute trailer of work-in-progress documentary about the return of Cuban music groups to the United States and new voices for change in Miami’s Cuban Community.
“Animals of Cuban Music” takes a look at the state of the contemporary dance music scene in Cuba. This is the second film by director Jen Paz whose first film “¡Popular!” followed the legendary band La Charanga Habanera. As indicated by the subtitle: “salsa vs reggaeton”, “Animals” presents the situation in Havana after the reggaeton explosion that had been building in Cuba for years. The root of the polemic is the competition for fans and for the limited concert venues in Havana.
The salsa artists that were on top in the 90s are now finding themselves with half-full concerts while young Cubans are packing the reggaeton concerts. Music fans will appreciate the long music segments by top artists in both genres: Timba – Los Van Van, El Tosco, La Charanga Habanera, Manolito y Su Trabuco, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Bamboleo. Reggaeton – Gente de Zona, Clan 537, Insurrecto, El Micha and Yulién Oviedo MC Blad. No matter who the Animals may be in 5 or 10 years, we now have a snapshot of Havana as it was at this time. Paz will attend the screening.
$5 donation for The Cuban 5 defense
The Cuban Five are Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Rene González Sehwerert, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez and Fernando González Llort. They are sons, husbands, brothers, poets, pilots, college graduates and artists. Three of the Cuban Five were born in Cuba and two were born in the United States. Also three of them fought in Angola, during the war against apartheid. They are currently serving long prison sentences in the USA.
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Where:Home of Rachel and Jay
601 9th Street, Santa Monica
RSVP: RachelJay@earthlink.net or call 310-780-7363 (first 30)