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I was born in Havana, a city where music is like the air you breathe. Here, it is common to have a relative who sings well, plays an instrument or, at least, dances "properly".
I wanted to be a musician, but being a professional musician in Cuba is not an easy task. You have to study a long-lasting academic programme since childhood, which covers from classic music to Afro-Cuban rhythms; consequently, many children prefer to play baseball instead of sitting at a piano for long hours.
So, eventually, I decided to put my frustrated obsession for music on the back of my two other great (and real) vocations: poetry and journalism.
Through all these years, I have tried to make my poems simply "sound like music", and my articles talk about the magic feeling of uncovering and sharing new sounds. That is one of the main reasons I decided to write "Striking a note".
The other reason is that before I travel anywhere, I search on Internet for the music "of my destination", but I don't always find good clues. As I know there are other passionate music collectors like myself, I then decided that writing this blog might be useful for them all.
Although my musical taste is varied and wide, from Pink Floyd to Irakere, from Miles Davis and Radiohead to Van Van, this blog is exclusively dedicated to Cuban music; a wonderful universe you should get to know.
Maybe you have listened to Buena Vista Social Club and Compay Segundo, but not many people around the world know how diverse Cuban music is, or the fact that the island is home to many world-class artists in hip-hop, jazz, classic or electronic music.
I will then be "Striking a note". If you are interested in listening to Cuban music or learning about the best places to do so here, in my Island, I will keep the gramophone spinning for you.