We invite you to watch and enjoy another Song Around The World from our new album: “Guantanamera”. We started the song with Carlos Varela in Havana and it features over 75 Cuban musicians around the world, from Havana and Santiago to Miami, Barcelona and Tokyo. We recorded and produced this track with Jackson Browne, who explains that “traveling with Playing For Change across Cuba was one of the most rewarding and inspiring musical experiences of my life.”
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From The Rolling Stones To WiFi, Change is Coming to Cuba
The British band was the music of cultural and political protest during the 1960s, while Fidel Castro was eliminating capitalism, nationalizing land and businesses, ending personal freedom and banning rock 'n roll. 50 years later, on that warm night at … Read more on AL.com
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1. Wide of people walking on street with Morro Castle in background
2. Tilt down of interior courtyard of building
3. Interior of room in Juana Ines Delgado’s house
4. Laundry on balcony and street below
5. Mid of Delgado making food in her kitchen
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Juana Ines Delgado, aged 61, retiree:
“My son and daughter don’t have any business, they are normal citizens in this country, workers, and with their salaries they can’t think about whether they are going to build a house because it’s impossible. They can’t do it, not even she who is married, nor he who is single and can still live with me here. So, I don’t know what the truth is.”
7. Girl eating at table
8. Girl and her mother inside house
9. Tilt down of exterior of rundown building
10. Mid of balconies belonging to different homes
11. Older woman and pregnant young woman inside house
12. Various of husband and pregnant wife putting away pieces of crib
13. Travelling shot from couple to crumbling interior wall
14. Various of builders fixing roof
15. Tilt down from old building to Manuel Valdez, seated on a bench on Prado Street
16. Sign on balcony reading (Spanish) “Exchangeable 1×1”
17. Close up tilt down of page of Valdez’s notes
18. Valdez walking on Prado Street
19. Wide of Tomas David Rojas sitting next to other people on Prado street
20. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Tomas David Rojas, aged 67, plumber:
“I have the money but haven’t been able to buy yet, because they are still ‘behind the curtain’. Do you understand me? You had to give the lawyer a thousand “FULAS” (referring to US dollars) and the other side 500 more. If they find out about this, the house is confiscated and you lose everything. That is still what goes on today – buying and selling in secret.”
21. Wide of traffic on Havana street and crumbling buildings
22. Tilt up of crumbling building
23. Zoom out of rundown building
26. Small girl on balcony of crumbling building
24. Various of crumbling buildings
25. Old car parking at side of street
Cuba’s government has pledged to legalise the buying and selling of homes to bring the country’s informal housing market out of the shadows.
A chronic housing shortage has caused Cubans to get together to strike illegal deals that often involve thousands of US dollars in under-the-table payments for properties.
They are breaking not just the law but communist doctrine by trading and profiting in property, but now President Raul Castro has promised to legalise the purchase and sale of homes part of an economic reform package.
Cuba already is letting islanders go into business for themselves in 178 designated activities, as restaurateurs, wedding planners, plumbers, carpenters.
An above board housing market promises multiple benefits for the cash-strapped island: it would help ease a housing crunch, stimulate construction employment and generate badly needed tax revenue.
The Cuban government puts the housing shortfall at almost 500,000 homes.
The result is legions of bickering divorcees trapped under the same roofs; newlyweds forced to bunk up with siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts; old people unable to repair their crumbling homes.
Juana Ines Delgado’s plight is typical. She shares her tiny studio in Old Havana with her grown son, married daughter and 4-year-old granddaughter, while her son-in-law spends nights at his aunt’s place down the street.
While they wait for the new law to be enacted and the specifics to be announced, Cubans’ legal options are few.
They can enrol in cooperative construction projects, build on existing properties or join the long waiting list for government housing.
Raul Castro has said home ownership will be limited to one per individual to avoid accumulation of wealth.
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A group of 75 Cuban musicians have united to play the internationally famous “Guantanamera” song, Cuba’ most easily recognised original and they’re doing so for a purpose: to unite Cubans all over the world in a project of fellowship and brotherhood; an expression of love that says “we are from that place, and music binds us together”.
Antonio Roig Perez (lead singer), former singer of famous Cuarteto Heraldos Negros; solo guitar – Alfredo Sanches Laguna; base and rhythm guitar – Lifrain Hazaro Rodrigues Ramirez. Video Rating: / 5