It’s the eight time Cuban grammy award winner, Chucho Valdes. After a mind-blowing performance last night at La Floridita which saw him effortlessly fusing Cuban jazz, samba, classical, and possibly dance at times into something quite sublime, we thought we’d share him with you over lunch. There’s far too little celebration of the multiple benefits of migration, and the fresh pespectives it brings in a range of different spheres of life. He’s still doing a few more dates in London which we’d highly recommend checking out.
Chucho is of course also interesting from the perspective of migration, and culture more generally. For many years Cuba has operated its ‘carta blanca’ system which means that its citizens are required to secure exist visas in order to leave Cuba. That system has in some cases prevented travel by citizens in way that is contarary to international law – Article 12 ICCPR and the right to leave.
Of course, the US has has been guilty of its own breaches in this respect through previously banning travel and remittances by American citizens to Cuba though Obama has recently made some changes in this respect, restrictions still remain. So with the thawing of relationships between the two, and with the reigns of Cuban power now handed to Raul Castro, it will be fasncinating to see how this plays out in the field of migration policy.