My parents went on vacation in Cuba, this is their story
Tuesday, 23 May 2016. Breakfast at the hotel.
First on our agenda today, a lecture by Alberto Faya a retired from the university professor of music. Great depth of knowledge and wonderful voice, he spoke about the development of Cuban music for the last 500 years. They really do not know how the indigenous peoples’ music sounded. The first music they have records of is the European sounding (15th. Century) music written for the Church. With the African Slaves being brought they begin the joining of African/European Cuban music. He played and sang several examples as the form developed, especially the rhythmic complexity. Would love to take a class with him. Humble people became musicians, music taught us how to resist. Rhumba, conga drums and claves came from Cuba. Ba Ba Loo (Desi Arnea used to sing that) is the name of an African God.
On the way to see our next Plaza, we got a chance to ride in the vintage American Cars (how cool is that?).
Ray did not drive!
There are four plazas we saw 2 yesterday and we see the 3rd. & 4th. today in Old Havana. We see a Catholic Church with an outside statue of Mother Teresa and Fr. Juniper Sierra and a Greek Orthodox Church.
Greek Orthodox Church
Lunch on our own, wandering around the square. Next we went to the Modern Art Museum, which being over heated I just sat and rested. I bit over heated.
Our last Plaza in Old Havana. The Rooster & naked woman shows how mother’s worked as prostitutes to feed their families during the hard time, when the Soviet Union collapsed.
Back to the hotel to refresh and on to a Neighborhood Arts Center. It is in a poor section of town and the children come to learn art music, song and dance. We had a delightful demonstration from the children and of course they asked us to dance with them. How fun! The adults cooked and served us a delicious dinner. Home and rest.
The View from the neighborhood