Am in the middle of putting together an epic Key West update that I will publish tomorrow, but in the mean time please enjoy my favourite piece of Cuban music, Chan Chan. Packed into the erotic, intense poetry of the lyrics is the simple story of peasant life in a beautiful province of Eastern Cuba, of sex and back-breaking labour in the sugar cane fields, and of Chan Chan’s desire for Juanita despite his shame at his arousal. I love it, and I hope you do too.
And major bonus points to anybody who can guess the year this was composed (it might surprise you!).