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Dancin' the Night away in Old Havana


By 1959, Cuba, was a country with the third largest middle class in the hemisphere. Luxury hotels, casinos and nightclubs were constructed to serve Havana's burgeoning tourist industry. After the revolution of 1959, Castro expropriated all private property and industry under a strong communist model followed by the U.S. embargo. This mix celebrates the music of Old Havana during those happier times.

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I like this playlist very much, but in your ending comment you forgot to add: "those happier times for a few-numbered, highly corrupted and accommodated high-class people involved in mafia, drug-dealing and prostitution". Regardless of how the government was gestioned later, it should not be forgotten what the motives of this social revolution were, with thousands of people starving in the streets and an uncountable list of social injustices happening. We should all try to refer to history in an objective, but not subjective way.

@mr.joefromtheisland Thanks for listening... It was my intention to bring this amazing music to a new audience - many of whom had never heard it before - without really getting political about it. As you said, there's no doubt that it was an imperfect society both before or after the revolution. But one thing is for certain - these beautiful sounds transcend all politics! Thank you...