The Sounds Of Cuba, In Exile And At Home : Alt.Latino In the wake of Fidel Castro's death, Alt.Latino looks at the artists who remained in Cuba after the revolution and those who've left — and how their music reflects both realities.

The Sounds Of Cuba, In Exile And At Home

The Sounds Of Cuba, In Exile And At Home

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Pianist Chucho Valdes, founding member of the Cuban band Irakere, poses before a concert in Madrid in 2005. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pianist Chucho Valdes, founding member of the Cuban band Irakere, poses before a concert in Madrid in 2005.

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Cuba is back in the news this week with the death of Fidel Castro, the leader of the island nation's government for almost 60 years. All eyes have been on southern Florida as the Cuban-American community there celebrates closure for a disruption to their lives that started after Castro took power in 1959.

However, the fact that Castro was also heralded on the island and in other parts of the world illustrates a divide that dominates not only Cuba's politics, but also its music.

This week, Beat Latino's Catalina Maria Johnson joins Alt.Latino to help us take a closer listen to both musicians who stayed in Cuba and those who left — and how both realities, residency versus exile, are reflected in their music.

Hear The Songs

Various Artists, Cuba Va!: Songs of the New Generation of Revolutionary Cuba Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Grupo De Experimentación Sonora

  • Song: Cuba Va!
  • from Cuba Va!: Songs of the New Generation of Revolutionary Cuba
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Celia Cruz, Celia Cruz Eterna Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Celia Cruz

  • Song: Cuando Salí de Cuba
  • from Celia Cruz Eterna
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Los Van Van, Llego...Van Van Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Los Van Van

  • Song: Somos Cubanos
  • from Llego... Van Van
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Irakere, Cuba Libre Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Irakere

  • Song: Cuba Libre
  • from Cuba Libre
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Willy Chirino, Cuba Libre Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Willy Chirino

  • Song: Cuba Libre
  • from Cuba Libre
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Orishas, A Lo Cubano Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Orishas

  • Song: 537 C.U.B.A.
  • from A Lo Cubano
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