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Cuba: Shifting Relations, Enduring Culture



Part of the Annenberg Center’s ongoing Latin Roots focus, Cuba: Shifting Relations, Enduring Culture is intended to promote greater appreciation of Latin American culture and the contributions of Cuban Americans in particular. At a time when contentious election politics have created a great deal of negative publicity around immigration, we intend this program to be a positive and constructive conversation around the experience of Cubans who have come to the US, as well as the changing situation in their home country in light of improved US-Cuban relations. The event is a panel discussion and reception in conjunction with a May 7 performance by Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All-Stars, one of the foremost interpreters of Afro-Cuban music today. A veteran of the 1990s Buena Vista Social Club, de Marcos is a contemporary of Rubén González and Ibrahim Ferrer. His music runs the gamut of traditional Afro-Cuban styles, including bolero, chachachá, salsa, son montuno, danzón and rumba. Cuba: Shifting Relations, Enduring Culture will take place prior to the performance and will be co-sponsored by WURD radio and The Next Majority, a coalition of Philadelphia’s Blacks and Latinos interested in the social, political and cultural consequences of our country’s shifting demographics.