The Cuban economic crisis in the 1990s led to a massive wave of migration mainly to the U.S. and Europe, which included many artists from the Cuban Alternative Music Scene. Living and working abroad, these artists are creating a transnational network of self-produced professional productions and collaborations throughout different countries, with other artists from the Cuban diaspora, and from the Island as well. These musicians engage in critical discourses about local and global challenges. They challenge monolithic views about the Cuban diasporic experience.
Here is a link to an article published in Cubaencuentro- an online magazine about the Cuban diaspora based in Madrid- which intends to map the experience of some Cuban migrants in the underground local music scene in Miami. Below you can find a video from this band.
The Cuban Alternative Music Scene groups a diversity of musicians that since the late 1980s furthered the cosmopolitan character of Cuban music through constant fusion and experimentation with world sonorities. Some of them were song-writers, former members of the “Novisima Trova” movement. Others received a high quality 15 year average training in classical music and art studies at the National System of Schools of Arts and Music in the Island. In general they are highly influenced by jazz music (ranging from traditional to more experimental and electronic jazz). They are also strongly informed by Brazilian harmonies and rhythms, Reggae, Argentinean and Anglo rock, funk and pop music. They have combined all these influences with the way of making songs and music from Cuban artistic movements like Feeling, La “Nueva and Novísima Trova” and previous Cuban jazz musicians like Emiliano Salvador, Bobby Carcassés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. In some cases they also incorporate rhythms and harmonies from genres like timba, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop and have made occasional contemporary versions of emblematic jazz standards and traditional Cuban songs and genres.
October is a synonym of celebration for many Peruvians in South Florida. The Señor de los Milagros festivity is probably one of the largest Catholic religious celebrations in the world. This tradition dates back to the 17th century in Lima by an African slave who painted an image of Jesus Christ on a wall. The devotion to this image became popular after an earthquake impacted the capital of Peru and destroyed everything but the mural. Since then, every October there are many celebratory processions that include music and special foods.
Peruvians around the world gather for this festivity. The organizers of the festivities are members of the Hermandad del Señor de los Milagros, a men’s fraternity that it's identified with purple habits and who practice devotion to the traditional image. The Hermandad headquarters are located in Lima but in South Florida there are five affiliated fraternities, therefore at least five celebrations occur during the month of October, most of them by the Peruvian neighborhood of Kendall.
Many Peruvians find the Señor de los Milagros as a symbol of identity, and also as a way to share their heritage with the rest of the community. Similar celebrations occur in New York City, Patterson (NJ), Los Angeles and the DC area.
So if you haven’t try Turrón de doña Pepa or Picarones yet, this is probably the best time to join a traditional Peruvian festivity.
[photo] Señor de los Milagros procession in Kendall, Miami
Señor de los Milagros Festivity in South Florida
(Mass, procession, food fair and music)
- October 15
San Isidro Parish, Starts at 7pm
2310 Martin Luther King. Pompano Beach, FL 33069
- October 16th
Good Shepherd Parish, Starts at Noon
14187 SW 72nd St Miami, FL 33183
- October 23rd
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Starts at 1pm
11291 SW 142nd. Ave, Miami FL 33186
- October 30th
Corpus Christi Parish, Starts at 1pm
730 NW 34 St, Miami 33127