Grammy-winning Arturo O'Farrill declares music can help reunite Cuba and the US

Posted: 26-Aug-15 09:05

Diplomatic bonds are not the only aspect which could bring Cuba and the US back together; according to Arturo O'Farrill, music is one of the deepest ties between both countries and could be used as a tool for reconciliation.

Grammy-winning Arturo O'Farrill declares music can help reunite Cuba and the US

Most people would agree that music is a universal language which can unite people from all over the world. Separated by more than 50 years of Cold War policies, Cuba and the US managed to maintain strong links through music.

Grammy-winning musician Arturo O'Farrill recently talked about how both nations' music inspired him and expressed how it was only natural that this art form would contribute to the renewed goodwill between the counties, now that they have begun to follow a path towards a harmonious future.

Mexican-born Arturo O'Farrill, the son of Cuban jazz musician, arranger and bandleader Chico O'Farrill, declared that his love for music had its origins in US and Cuban music, among other interesting fusions. The two-time Grammy winner is the current pianist, composer, and director for the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The roots of his love for this particular genre come from his blended cultural identity, as Afro Latin Jazz is an extraordinary mix of traditional American jazz, Latin rhythms and African beats.

O'Farrill, who was, at the moment, working on an album in Havana with his orchestra, was surprised and delighted when President Obama announced his intent to normalise relations with Cuba.

Looking back at history, Cuba and America sang the same ragtime tunes since 1910, something that stopped in the 1950s-1960s due to the Cold War malaise that struck. Nonetheless, O'Farrill thinks there is still a chance for Cuban and American rhythms to mix again in the future, and more so with peaceful collaboration; fusions that would surely continue to be enriching to the world of music.

According to the Latin Jazz musician, the estranged relationship between the US and the island-nation, an enmity he had lived throughout most of his life, felt almost like living with divorced parents, who were once in love and the turned their backs on one another. On this topic, Mr O'Farril declared:

"Cuba and the U.S. had a [loving] relationship; it was a symbiotic love affair. What happened was very akin to finding your lover in bed with someone else."

He holds high hopes that there is room for forgiveness and appeasement in this turbulent ‘relationship'. Political and economic cooperation between the two countries would definitely ensure that culture, and particularly music, can be transmitted, admired and shared at ease.


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