Cubadebate reports on Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez, who was a guest at the Instituto Cervantes headquarters in Paris, France, where he presented Cancion de barrio, a documentary film “that gives a voice to the public attending concerts offered in dozens of neighborhoods in Havana.”
The film, by Alejandro Ramírez Anderson, gathers material on the first two years of the project known as “The Endless Tour” [la gira interminable] through the neighborhoods, which began in 2010 and after seven years already includes 87 concerts in the most humble areas of the Cuban capital.
Explaining the initiative, the renowned artist maintained that bringing music and culture to the people is not something new, but rather “we have done it all our lives,” since the beginning of his career.
In this regard, he recalled that one of the features of the Cuban Revolution since the early years was to promote this type of project. He mentioned examples such as the presentations of the National Ballet in public spaces or the so-called Mobile Cinema [Cine móvil], which consisted of bringing the magic of film to the furthest corners of the country.
When referring to the values of the culture of the island and in particular of the music, he explained that the musical expressions are of an extraordinary richness, as a result of the mixture of the numerous influences received throughout the history of the country. “Music is a reality within Cuban reality, it is difficult to be in a part of the country where there is no music, it is difficult to see Cuba in silence, wherever you are, in any corner or house, there is music,” he said. [. . .]
[Excerpts translated by Ivette Romero.] For full article (in Spanish), see http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2017/12/07/presenta-silvio-rodriguez-en-paris-documental-cancion-de-barrio-video/#.WinPIK2ZPEY
[Photo from http://www.havanatimes.org/sp/?p=98489.]