Built 4 Cuban Links…Questlove DJs In Havana With Culture Sharing In Mind
In global news, it was announced today via a spokesperson for The Roots that Questlove has recently returned from two DJ nights in Havana, Cuba. The Roots drummer/producer/DJ appeared on April 16 and 17 at FAC, an old factory in the Vedado section of the capital city.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to DJ in Havana,” said Quest’ in a press statement. “I’ve been to Cuba before with The Roots and it’s monumental and humbling to be considered an Ambassador of Hip-Hop to this great nation.”
The music veteran added, “What makes Cuba so beautiful is the open mind to all forms of music that permeates from all of its people. It’s a rarity for me to be able to construct a genre-spanning DJ set of 585 songs and have the crowd embrace every single song. The energy of the crowd reflected the cultural infusion and overall appreciation of music that one should expect when performing in Cuba. I honestly can’t wait to return.”
Questlove performs amidst an ongoing discussion between President Obama and Raul Castro, who earlier this month, sat down at The Summit of the Americas in Panama. Ahmir’s collaborator, Jay Z and wife Beyonce received strong criticism from members of Congress and media—for visiting Cuba, including Havana, in April, 2013.
Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer accompanied Questlove, and participated in an electrified, reportedly Jimi Hendrix-inspired rendition of the Cuban National Anthem.
Politics and histories aside, should the world really be “one nation under a groove”?