In Cuba, Musicians Redefine The Classics : Alt.Latino Cuba has a rich tradition of both Afro-Caribbean and classical music. Now, vibrant young musicians are re-imagining both.

In Cuba, Musicians Redefine The Classics

In Cuba, Musicians Redefine The Classics

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Dayme Arocena is part of a new wave of young Cuban musicians who put a new spin on tradition.

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It's wintertime, and we're all a little chilly and in need of vitamin D. This week on Alt.Latino, we feel a ray of sunshine in the form of Anastasia Tsioulcas, one of NPR's finest music reporters.

Anastasia specializes in classical music, but also has a passion for hunting down fresh sounds from all corners of the world. One day, I'm going to sneak into her luggage and ride along like a stowaway.

Her most recent adventure was in Cuba, where she investigated what young classical musicians are doing. What she found is surprising, sweet and highly danceable.

Hear The Songs

  • Rumba Morena

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    "Candelina"

    From 'Candelina'

  • Ensemble Romeu

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    "Canciones Remotas III"

    From 'Canciones Remotas III'

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  • Interactivo

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    "Chica Buena"

    From 'Chica Buena'

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  • Lázaro Ros

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    "Oya Oyeo"

    From 'Oya Oyeo'

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  • Camerata Romeu

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    "Camerata En Guaguancó"

    From 'Camerata En Guaguancó'

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  • Daymé Arocena

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    "Crystal"

    From 'Nueva Era'

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