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This is the OST of Benito Zambrano’s Habana Blues, shot in Cuba in 2005, which won a Goya and a CEC Award for Best Music.

“The movie is more about the music than the story of the two young musicians. The lyrics contain criticism of problems in Cuba like poverty and electricity outages, but the film also contains comments on such criticism.

The two musicians, Ruy and Tito, whose music is a mix of traditional Cuban music and more modern music like rap , get a chance at an international breakthrough through a US record company, but for this they have to restrict themselves to criticism of the Cuban utopia, because that sells better in the US and Spain. Ruy considers this cheap treason of his country, which he loves despite its shortcomings, but Tito understands the commercial imperative behind the plan - the US invest and want to get a return for their investment. Art versus commerce, nationalism versus globalism and communism versus capitalism are the themes in the film. Ruy starts using more traditional styles as an expression of his anxiety to leave the country he loves so much.”

The OST contains not only the songs played by Ruy’s and Tito’s band, but also those of bands who just have a very short appearance in the movie, like Anais Abreu, Tierra Verde, Free Hole Negro, Cuba Libre, Tribal and Escape. To understand the movie, it’s essential to understand the lyrics, because they form a big part of the story.


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  • AngeldeEthos

    Al margen de cuestiones cinematográficas o políticas, la composición de la música está curradísima, y muy bien producida. Esa mezcla de blues, rock y latin jazz con sabor cubano suena genial, y muy original. Y a mí personalmente el sabor que dejan esas guitarras atronando sobre el combo de percusión en clabe cubana me encanta.

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
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  • vainly-

    una fantástico película :)!

    3 Mar 2010 Reply
  • adrig72

    ¡No en vano ganó Premio Goya a mejor banda sonora! ¡Arriba Cuba!

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
  • _tsk_

    Join Fidel Castro Group

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  • Ente

    i just uploaded some new pics, so it would be really nice if you could take a look at them and maybe give them your vote so we'd have a lil bit more variety than just one pic :)

    11 Jan 2007 Reply

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