A Visit to Cuba | Photo-Video Blog

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Cuba is a mystery: why so much amazing music, so many great musicians and music genres in this small and beautiful country? Historians and musicologists might have a logical explanation to this but I still think Cuba is blessed and blessed we were to travel there to record and film musicians. It has been quite a short but intense trip, with 4 full days of recordings in Havana. We’ve added some incredible musicians to our latest videos and also started a version around the world of the Buena Vista Classic “Chan Chan.”

Havana is obviously a unique place in the world, were time seems to have frozen dozens of years ago but despite this vintage look, Cuba is also at the vanguard of many arts, especially in music.

Check out this video of maestro Pancho Amat introducing the tres (cuban guitar) as well as photos from our recent trip to the island.

Hasta Siempre

Pancho Amat explains the tres and its role in Cuban music

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A street in La Habana vieja
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Pianist Roberto Carcassés, recording on our upcoming version of Chan Chan around the world

 

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Recording a horn section in the streets of Havana on our upcoming version of Bring it on Home to Me

 

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Trombon player Juan Carlos Marín

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Clarinet player Israel Figueredo

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Mark and Carlos Miyares

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Amazing drummer Yissy García

 

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Recording our friend Carlos Varela and his bass player Julio César González

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PFC producer Enzo Buono with Yoana and Olivia, who helped us connect with all these amazing musicians in Havana and organised our schedule in Cuba . Thank you so much Yoana and Olivia for your amazing work.

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Betún on timbales and Bernardo García on cowbell

 

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Conga player Adel González listens to the track he is going to record on, the congolese song Afrika Mokili Mobimba

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Recording vocals with Teté García Caturla

 

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Francisco and his 360° camera

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Rumba en el callejon de Hamel

 

LISTEN TO GREAT MUSIC FROM CUBA AND DISCOVER OUR CUBAN PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY

A journey in Argentina | PhotoBlog

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The recent travel of the PFC Band and crew to Argentina has been one of the most amazing highlights of this year for us and sets the start of a lot more to come.

During a week we had the chance to play a show in Buenos Aires with over 6000 people, record musicians on new Songs Around the World, travel to Patagonia to start working on a new educational project as well as grow and strengthen the PFC global family.

Everything that happened during this quite short amount of time is obviously the result of the hard work of the PFC Argentina team over the last months. We thank you SO MUCH and look forward to come back soon.

GRACIAS A TODOS

Here is a photo report from this trip.

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The PFC Band after a concert at the diary La Nación‘s headquarters

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At Radio Metro after a live session in Buenos Aires

 

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Rehearsals at the Direct TV Arena: GrandPa’ is on Fire !

This venue is a brand new stadium out of buenos Aires which : the construction just finished a few weeks before the show, and the very first concert welcomed Sting: a week after the PFC Band is in the place.

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Mike Shaeffer, our sound engineer and tour manager, during the soundcheck

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Mermans, giving it all, as always, at soundchecks, as if they were shows

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GrandPa Elliott, Backstage, takes some rest before the show.

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The Argentinian actor Boy Olmi introduces the project to the crowd

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Opening act with Tonolec

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Mark introducing the Band

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The blues harmonica meets the bandoneon

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Maestro Louis Mhlanga on the flying guitar

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Chinese vocalist Jin Wu joined the band on Stage

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From Argentina, on percussions, our friend Don Camel

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Looks like the Venezuelan baseball team just scored!

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The PFC band by Manu. The guy floating in the air is our beloved Clarence Bekker, himself.

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On our way to Patagonia to play a second concert and discover the location of the first PFCF music program in Argentina

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Jorge Amaolo is the founder of the Movimiento Nueva Escolaridad, an educational project that has developed a network of alternative schools in Argentina. We are currently working on a partnership with his organisation to provide music education across these schools and connect them with the PFCF music programs around the globe.

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This photo was taken during the presentation of the school that will host our first music program in Argentina.

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Interview with a local TV in Rio Negro.

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Recording our very first Song Around The World in 360°

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Recording Roberto and his Argentinian soul brother, Nico Bereciartúa

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Last show in General Roca, Patagonia

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The venue was so packed that some had to stay outside…

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 Photos by François Viguié, Sandra Selva and Patrick Liotta.