Los Aldeanos Straight Outta Cuba at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium

Los Aldeanos

With Silvito el Libre

Miami-Dade County Auditorium

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Better than:
Living in Cuba.

Across the street from the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Vigila Mambisa protesters held up signs and screamed into a bullhorn against the "Salsa Sangre" being passed off as a concert. Who knew old people could scream so fucking loud?

A world-weary city cop warned us to take their picture from across the street and keep it moving. Yet despite the negative attention, Los Aldeanos brought that fire to Little Havana for a loving crowd who knew the words to every song. The outpouring of affection was visceral and we caught footage of more than one girl crying. Here's a video we cut together from the concert using the group's song "A Pesar De Todo" (featuring Gabylonia) as a soundtrack.

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: Fuck authority.

The Crowd: Young and old, recent immigrants, Cubans and Venezuelans.

Overheard: Cuba libre!

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Jacob Katel
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