Don't cross this bridge, unless you love Gladys Night
, 22 Jul 2007
I was hoping for more! The DVD itself is appalling, I am not sure why they released it, my 3 year old niece could have shot something better I am afraid.
I suppose I am biased as I have shot three films in Cuba and find this sort of work irritating to say the least. Technically it is dreadful, artistically it leaves a lot to be desired. Havana is a very picturesque place for a film maker and that is lost on this DVD. Check out Felix Baloy and the Afro Cuban All stars at www.salsatap.com. Or 'Salas from Within Cuba' if you want nostalgia.
The accompanying CD fairs better, in fact the wonderful Cha cha cha 'Feeling good' with Gladys Night singing on track one and the very beautiful piece by Ruth Merry 'Volvére' combining a Cuban rhythm and an Irish style of singing in unexpected ways. Some of the other tracks bucked my sensibilities as a lover of Cuban styles but are worth a listen as they may suite your tastes and are certainly interesting attempts.
I applaud the attempt made to bring together the best of Cuban and American music styles, which has some amazing results in the tracks I mentioned but failed completely visually. For me the American musical arrogance once again swamps the hugely varied Cuban styles which simply do not get through on this. I blame the producers not the artists where it has failed.
Try again guys. It was an interesting but poorly executed attempt breaking the childish and illegal blockade, that has quietly slipped past everyones attention in recent years.
Mind you, given the wonder of Gladys Night's track, maybe the Americans have something to be afraid of musically!!
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