Weekend Playlist: My Lost City

Goodlifer: Weekend Playlist: My Lost City

Before the advent of revolution, vulgarity, thought police and the great Diaspora, there lay a magical city, The pearl of The Antilles; Habana, Cuba. Amidst its architectural wonders, the denizens of Habana were a spectrum of chic and savvy urbanites, gangsters, libertines and the old grand Cuban families. Much has been written about Cuban music and it’s roots in Europe and Africa; which gives it it’s unique flavor.

For me, all I knew as a child was that this was what my parents listened to as they regaled me with stories of their life, their parties, friends and a life that was lost to them forever.

In this playlist I have included various greats of this time; they are in no particular order: The great Beny Moré, Bola de Nieve, Ernesto Lequona and the Cuban Boys (recordings 1935-38) and Rubén Gonzalez and Ibrahim Ferrer (resurrected from obscurity by Ry Cooder in the Buena Vista Social Club series).

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Top artwork by: Sergio Baradat

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Cuban born with Catalan roots and raised in the Miami, Baradat came to New York to study at Parsons School of Design, New York. Committed to beauty and order, his original art ranges from home furnishings to product design, conceptual illustrations, book covers to promotional and institutional graphics. He has received numerous awards for his work, has been commissioned to design several U.S. postage stamps and is featured in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design in New York and The Postal Museum in Washington DC. In his free time, Baradat is an amazing cook, frequent dinner party host, art aficionado and hardcore lover of music.
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  1. Amazing mix! I love it!

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