The World Through Music and Culture

Cuban-American Relations Set to Music

Hoy Como Ayer, one of Little Havanna’s most popular Latin night club. “Photo by Niall Macaulay)

Words by Maria Bakkalapulo (Twitter @mbakkalapulo)

Original broadcast on the BBC.

President Barak Obama’s has always expressed a desire to see Cuban – American relations improve. The recent violent crackdown on the peaceful marches of the Damas de Blanco, or Ladies in White, who protest the prolonged imprisonment of political prisoners and the death of the jailed dissident hunger striker, Orlando Zapata, has brought widespread international condemnation. In turn, it’s difficult for the administration to make any large leaps forward. But this posturing has not stifled the desire to improve relations. During a recent trip to Miami, Maria Bakkalapulo learns how the new generation wants change and how music is one way they are thawing relations between Cuba and America.

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Owner of the club, Hoy Como Ayer, Fabio Diaz. (Photo by Niall Macaulay)

Owner of the club, Hoy Como Ayer, Fabio Diaz. (Photo by Niall Macaulay)

Al Fuentes, the morning radio host of one of the most popular shows on Sol 95.7 FM Miami. (Photo by Niall Macaulay)

Al Fuentes, the morning radio host of one of the most popular shows on Sol 95.7 FM Miami. (Photo by Niall Macaulay)

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