Sammy Figueroa didn't imagine it would be so hard to find a pair of congas in Havana. To avoid the hassle and expense, he decided not to bring his own drums with him on the flight from Miami. But the master percussionist is having a hell of a time getting his hands on some loaners. No stranger to Cuba and its music scene, which he dubs "the trampoline for musical experimentation," Figueroa admits he should have known better: Cuba is not a place where musicians have idle hands, and there... More >>>
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photos by david navas
Havana garage scene (clockwise from top left): Doble Filo (Edgar Gonzalez and Irak Saenz) shout out for Cuba; Le Spam at the controls; Sammy Figueroa with his borrowed congas; and DJ Le Spam (Andrew Yeomanson) jams with saxophonist Carlos Averhoff, Jr.