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.
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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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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.

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Grupo De Experimentación Sonora

  • Song: Cuba Va!
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Cuba Va!: Songs of the New Generation of Revolutionary Cuba
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Cuba Va!: Songs of the New Generation of Revolutionary Cuba
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Various Artists
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Paredon Records
Released
2071

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Celia Cruz

  • Song: Cuando Salí de Cuba
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Celia Cruz Eterna
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Celia Cruz Eterna
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Celia Cruz
Label
Luna Nueva Records
Released
2015

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Los Van Van

  • Song: Somos Cubanos
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Llego... Van Van
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Llego... Van Van
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Los Van Van
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Pimienta Records
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2103

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Irakere

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Cuba Libre
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Cuba Libre
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Irakere
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Far Out UK

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Willy Chirino

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Cuba Libre
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Cuba Libre
Artist
Willy Chirino
Label
Sony Music Distribution
Released
1998

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Orishas

  • Song: 537 C.U.B.A.
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A Lo Cubano
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A Lo Cubano
Artist
Orishas
Label
Surco
Released
2000

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