Havana and Haiti Playlist
“Havana and Haiti…” musical curator Fernando Gonzalez have gathered some music samples from both island nations from Cuba and Haiti. Consider the list as musical narratives and wonderful audio treasures celebrating and connecting these two amazing and influential countries. Give a listen and rediscover Havana, Haiti, but this time through the sounds of music. Enjoy!
Numero Un: Havana and Haiti Playlist
Name Time Album Artist
- Monsieur Saih 2:59 Todo Ritmo Bebo Valdés Y Su Orquesta
- Cout’t Sell 2:57 Fleur De Mai Jazz Des Jeunes
- Bien Pa Di Renmen 2:32 Fleur De Mai Jazz Des Jeunes
- Ren-Men 3:29 Fleur De Mai Jazz Des Jeunes
- Como Como 3:48 Mala in Cuba Mala
- Feel No Evil 3:25 Vodu 155 Vodu 155
- Banda (Featuring Erol Josue) 6:58 Jazz Racine Haiti Jacques Schwarz-Bart
- Konbit Rara 6:45 Blues in Red Buyu Ambroire
- Louvi Je’w 5:06 Vin’n Ave’m Réginald Policard
- Profounds Regrets 3:37 Fleur De Mai Jazz Des Jeunes
Fernando González is an arts and culture writer, critic and editor. He contributes regularly to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation blog, Artburst Miami and The Miami Herald. He writes the blog Jazz With an Accent (https://jazzwithanaccent.com). Since 2011, González has been the Associate Editor of The Latin GRAMMY Print & Special Projects for The Latin Recording Academy. He was nominated for a GRAMMY for his liner notes writing and won an Emmy as writer and associate producer of a documentary on Mario Bauzá, a key figure in the creation of Latin jazz. He was also nominated for an Emmy as a writer and associate producer for a documentary on Latin music hosted by Ruben Blades.
His affiliations include stints as Staff Writer for The Miami Herald and The Boston Globe and Correspondent for The Washington Post. He was the Managing Editor of JAZZIZ (2004-2008), a columnist at Downbeat magazine and contributor to JazzTimes and contributed essays to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.
Complementing his work in journalism, González has written program notes for Carnegie Hall and Jazz@ Lincoln Center and has been involved in record production, teaching, radio hosting and arts administration. He was the Curator of Jazz Programming for the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, Miami (2005-2007) and translated and annotated Astor Piazzolla, A Memoir (Amadeus Press), the autobiography of Argentine New Tango composer Astor Piazzolla (2001).
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, González majored in math at the University of Buenos Aires before pursuing music full time. He moved to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music, majoring in Composition/Film Music. He also studied with composers George Russell and Robert Ceely at New England Conservatory. He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY®) and the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Latin GRAMMY ®).