Ben from the United States visited Cuba in July 2017 for a photography project to capture Caribbean music and dance. He enjoyed that homestay.com allowed him to read the profiles of each of the hosts and he found a professional musician Jose. He introduced Ben to the managers of several of the music venues and ensured he got access to help him capture some amazing shots. Read on to hear all about Carnaval in Cuba from Ben.
I came to Santiago de Cuba to photograph Carnaval and other musical events. I knew I was going to do a Homestay. I've done this in several countries and was excited to do the same in Santiago de Cuba. It was great that I was able to stay with a professional musician who was able to introduce me to several other musicians. On day one, literally moments after arriving, I found myself in one of the most famous music venues on the island, talking with the manager and arranging music shoots. I felt incredibly blessed to be so well connected.
Carnaval in Santiago de Cuba ended two nights ago. It's been an incredible festival of lights, colors, fantasy, and a history unique to Cuba that differs from many of the other Carnavals throughout the Caribbean. I have another week at least in Santiago de Cuba and I'm not sure I'll be introduced to another musical city quite like it. #santiagodecuba #carnaval2017
The heart, the spirit, the "bomba" de Santiago de Cuba. To understand the significance of Conga to the people of Santiago, realize that a short conversation with any Santiageuro about Conga will quickly include the words "está en nuestra sangre", as in "it's in our blood." Above is Los Hoyos, a group commonly described as the best in the city. The next 10 post over the next 10 days will share a bit of their story and the relationship of Conga with the people of Santiago de Cuba. #conga
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