The 90 Mile Danzón

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Music from my favorite Cubiche band, The Cuban Cowboys:

Directed by Tomás Hernández

Jorge Navarro – The Cuban Cowboys – sings this haunting tune. The United States and Cuba are separated by ninety miles of water. El Danzón de Noventa Millas speaks to the politics dividing Cuban Nationals and Cuban Americans, by casting bitterness and betrayal as a stylized, nuanced ninety mile dance.

Similar to other dances in the Caribbean and Latin America, the danzón was initially regarded as scandalous, especially when it began to be danced by all classes of the society. The slower rhythm of the danzón led to couples dancing closer, with sinuous movements of the hips and a lower center of gravity.

Eat your heart out ELVIS.

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