For U.S. citizens, traveling to Cuba can be atremendo dolor en el culo
. Unless you've got special permission from the friggin' Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, your ass is either flying into Havana under the radar through either the Bahamas or Canada.
On the bright side, we live in Miami. So Cuba comes to us. Ever since that commie bastard named Castro started spitting his anti-imperialist rhetoric some 50-odd years ago, almost all things gnarly about the island immigrated to the Magic City -- food, abuelitas, music...
On Wednesday, November 21, la musica de Cuba takes center stage at the James L. Knight Center for the I Love Latin Music Festival, with some of salsa and timba's most prolific artists, including two-time Latin Grammy nominee Issac Delgado.
"I'm from a very musical family," Delgado said in a 2001 interview with Descarga.com."I believe you're born with rumba."
The musician began performing around Havana in the late '70s, but it wasn't until the early '80s that he "got a professional education through [popular Cuban bandleader] Pacho Alonso's group."
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"Through his band I became a professional musician through and through. And later, I started working with his son Pachito. And from there, later on, I was working at the Tropicana as a soloist in the Tropicana cabaret show."
Delgado defected in 2006. But continues to produce truly authentic Cuban music.
I Love Latin Music Festival. With Issac Delgado, Manolin, Timbalive, and others. Wednesday, November 2. James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $27 to $97 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Call 305-372-4634 or visit jlkc.com.