A Chicago-Guantanamo Music Exchange: Changüí, the Cuban Blues

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

618 S. Michigan Ave., Center for Black Music Research, Suite 600 618 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, 60605

Bring a lunch and join us for a revealing talk by Stan West about his recent trip to Guantanamo, Cuba to document musicians that play Changüí music, also called Cuban Blues.

Stan West, photojournalist and Columbia College Chicago adjunct faculty member in the Television and English departments, visited “Cuba’s Mississippi” (El Oriente) in March 2017 with a group of Chicago blues musicians to jam with Cuban changüí counterparts. Reporting on his visit, he will introduce Colombian filmmaker Calvo Aspina’s documentary All Guantanamo is Ours, shared with him by Cubans who argue that Gitmo gives them “the blues.” In preparation for the trip, he spent six weeks using the resources available at the Center for Black Music Research Library and Archives. His Chicago Defender article, which chronicles his research and experience, was published on March 29, 2017.

Founded at Columbia College Chicago in 1983, the Center for Black Music Research is the only organization of its kind. It exists to illuminate the significant role that black music plays in world culture by serving as a nexus for all who value black music, by promoting scholarly thought and knowledge about black music, and by providing a safe haven for the materials and information that document the black music experience across Africa and the diaspora.

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