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Colors of Cuba

Posted on December 12, 2014

Cuba is tempting and provocative – full of contradictions
and not always easy to understand.
It is a country full of culture, music, history and passion.
- Selected Moments

Prepare yourself to be shocked, perplexed, confounded and amazed. 
Cuba is a country with no historical precedents: economically poor, but culturally rich;
visibly mildewed, but architecturally magnificent; infuriating,
yet at the same time, strangely uplifting.
Following quotes by Brendan Sainsbury, Lonely Planet


If the country were a book, it would be James Joyce’s Ulysses;
layered, hard to grasp, serially misunderstood,
but – above all – a classic.

I love Cuba because it’s a forbidden fruit,
a complex country of head-scratching contradictions which,
however many times you visit,
will never adequately answer all your questions.  

Most of all I love its musicality, its robust culture,
its wonderfully preserved history …

Rhythms and melodies are ubiquitous in this melting pot of African,
European and Caribbean cultures. 

 Witness them at the opera and at the ballet;
in the corner bar or through the hypnotic drumming of a Santeria ceremony;
with the trombonist practicing his arpeggios on the seawall, or in the rhythmic gait
of the people as they saunter along Havana's musical streets.

Steve McCurry photographing a man carrying a mirror in Old Havana