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"Striking a note" is a blog on music made in Cuba, written by the Havanan journalist, poet and editor Marcel Lueiro. It has information about Cuban musicians, the different types of music played in the Island, and also about the best places in Havana and other provinces where you can dance and listen to good live music.
"Striking a note" is my invitation to a musical tour during your trip, so you can become a fan and connoisseur of Cuban music.
Our Island is very musical. Since the very moment we are born, music weaves the "soundtrack" of our lives on the radio, in taxis, through our grandmas' voices or from the cries of street vendours.
We have a bit of everything. Cuba is a small sound universe stemming from its position in the Caribbean as a meeting, exchange and crossbreeding point.
That is what "Striking a note" is all about. I would like this blog to become part of your findings; a sort of musical compass you will carry with you so as not to get lost.
I will be introducing you to great musicians; we will talk about the history and diversity of the music in the Island; and, you will find updated information on the best places for dancing and listening to live music in Havana and throughout Cuba.
The gramophone just started to play.