Under The Radar – A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music

“Under the Radar – A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music” is a documentary that introduces viewers to the distinct music of Cuba, examining the enigmatic island’s music scene as it was in 2001. The film documents the travels and recordings of its producer/director, jazz saxophonist, J. Plunky Branch, and executive producer, Alvin Skipper Bailey, and highlights their musical interactions and collaborations of Afro-Cuban rumba, son, salsa, timba, rock, changui and hip-hop musicians and rappers.

Branch and Bailey, both African-Americans, traveled under the auspices of a number of US universities, and in collaboration with the humanitarian organization, Pastors For Peace, to carry out this project. They toured the cities of Havana, Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba, to research and record a wide range of musicians. The results of their work is being disseminated through this 85 minute educational film and a series of three compilation music CD’s.

For more than 50 years the United States has maintained an economic blockade against the Island of Cuba, restricting travel, investment and cultural exchange between Americans and their Caribbean neighbors just 90 miles south of Florida. Afro-Cuban music has inarguably been recognized as some of the most vibrant and influential rhythmic music in the world.

Thanks to Sister Januwa Moja for the link …

Rest in Power Brother Eugene Godfried!

Distant Cousins

Me and my distant cousin Amenhotep III (see the family resemblance) meet in the British Museum. Amenhotep III—also known as Amenhotep the Magnificent—was the ninth Pharaoh from the Eighteenth Dynasty (circa 1400 BCE). He was the father of Akhenaten by his wife Tiye, and the grandfather of Tutankhamen.

The photos below were taken by Gwendline Chenault on June 29, 2014.

Amenhotep III

Amenhotep III


Me and Cuz chillin'

Me and Cuz chillin’


Majesty, Power, Eternal

Majesty, Power, Eternal

Voodoo Chile-Jimi Hendrix / Gayageum ver. by Luna

From wiki: “The gayageum or kayagum is a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument, with 12 strings, though some more recent variants have 21 or other numbers of strings. It is probably the best known traditional Korean musical instrument. It is related to other Asian instruments, including the Chinese guzheng, the Japanese koto, the Mongolian yatga, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh.”