« Program: Cuban Counterpoint of Tobacco and Sugar: Sacred Musical Spaces in Western Cuba

Photo Essay: Sacred Musical Spaces in Western Cuba

Here are some shots of artists featured in our program, Cuban Counterpoint of Tobacco and Sugar: A Musical Road Trip to Sacred Sites in Western Cuba. The show was produced by Ned Sublette in the course of conducting music seminars in western Cuba in January, March, and November 2016. If you want to go on a future seminar, email postmambo@gmail.com

Photos by Ned Sublette unless indicated.

Abakuá dancer with Los Güiros de Regla, Museum of Regla. November 2016.

Abakuá dancer with Los Güiros de Regla, Museum of Regla. November 2016.

Inside the kinfuiti. November 2016.

Inside the kinfuiti drum. November 2016.

Ta Makuende Yaya, under fluorescent lights. November 2016.

Ta Makuende Yaya, under fluorescent lights. November 2016.

Tuning the tambores yuka. January 2016. Photo: Constance Sublette.

Tuning the tambores yuka. January 2016. Photo: Constance Sublette.

Tambores yuka in action. January 2016.

Tambores yuka in action. January 2016.

Freddy Alfonso and Yamilé Ramos of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Casa del Danzón, Matanzas. January 2016.

Freddy Alfonso and Yamilé Ramos of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Casa del Danzón, Matanzas. January 2016.

Ana Pérez, Israel Berriel, Diosdado Enier Ramos “Figurín”, Reyniel López, Andro Mella, Rafael Navarro “Niño”, vocalists of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Casa del Danzón, Matanzas. January 2016.

Ana Pérez, Israel Berriel, Diosdado Enier Ramos “Figurín”, Reyniel López, Andro Mella, Rafael Navarro “Niño”, vocalists of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Casa del Danzón, Matanzas. January 2016.

Members of Afro Cuba de Matanzas, with Francisco Zamora “Minini” in yellow scarf, Castillo de San Severino, Matanzas. March 2016.

Members of Afro Cuba de Matanzas, with Francisco Zamora “Minini” in yellow scarf, Castillo de San Severino, Matanzas. March 2016.

Yemayá. Afro Cuba de Matanzas. March 2016.

Yemayá. Afro Cuba de Matanzas. March 2016.

Performance by students at the La Rumba Soy Yo Academia de Baile, Matanzas. January 2016.

Performance by students at the La Rumba Soy Yo Academia de Baile, Matanzas. January 2016.

Performance by students at the La Rumba Soy Yo Academia de Baile, Matanzas. January 2016.

Performance by students at the La Rumba Soy Yo Academia de Baile, Matanzas. January 2016.

Rumba Timba, Matanzas. January 2016.

Rumba Timba, Matanzas. January 2016.

Rumba Timba, Matanzas. January 2016.

Rumba Timba, Matanzas. January 2016.

Ojundegara, Jovellanos. January 2016.

Ojundegara, Jovellanos. January 2016.

Ojundegara, Jovellanos. January 2016.

Ojundegara, Jovellanos. January 2016.

Ojundegara, Jovellanos. January 2016.

Ojundegara, Jovellanos. January 2016.

Ojundegara, Jovellanos. January 2016.

Ojundegara, Jovellanos. January 2016.

The bell tower of the former Central Álava, Colón. November 2016.

The bell tower of the former Central Álava, Colón. November 2016.

Child orisha dancers, Grupo Omo Layé, Colón. November 2016.

Child orisha dancers, Grupo Omo Layé, Colón. November 2016.

Child orisha dancers, Grupo Omo Layé, Colón. November 2016.

Child orisha dancers, Grupo Omo Layé, Colón. November 2016.

Members of Grupo Iyawaré Ochún. March 2016.

Members of Grupo Iyawaré Ochún. March 2016.

Doña Victoria, Grupo Iyawaré Ochún, Colón. March 2016.

Doña Victoria, Grupo Iyawaré Ochún, Colón. March 2016.

Luis Pedroso Sotolongo of the Patio de Tata Güines, playing an early 20th-century drum built in the form of a chair in order to conceal its existence. Güines. August 2015.

Luis Pedroso Sotolongo of the Patio de Tata Güines, playing an early 20th-century drum built in the form of a chair in order to conceal its existence. Güines. August 2015.

At the Patio de Tata Güines. August 2015.

At the Patio de Tata Güines. August 2015.