Kirsty Maccoll's Cuba

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200D01Soy Malo20001220

Kirsty MacColl presents an eight-part series exploring Cuba's music.

Featuring music from the Buena Vista Social Club, the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Los Van Van and Cuba's current number one - `Soy Malo'.

Ry Cooder and musician Juan de Marcos Gonzalez describe their roles in the making of the Buena Vista Social Club and travel writer Simon Calder explains his love for Cuba.

200D0220001227

Kirsty MacColl presents an eight-part series exploring Cuba's music.

2: In this edition, she searches out the songs and the venues that were the backdrop to the pre-revolutionary parties.

She visits Havana's Tropicana nightclub, which played host to the likes of Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra, and hears from one of Cuba's top female vocalists, Omara Portuondo, a one-time dancer with Carmen Miranda.

Plus music from Beny More, Perez Prado and Desi Arnaz.

201A01Soy Malo20010131

Kirsty MacColl presents a series exploring Cuban music and culture.

Featuring music from the Buena Vista Social Club, the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Los Van Van and Cuba's current No 1 - `Soy Malo'.

Ry Cooder and musician Juan de Marcos Gonzalez describe their roles in the making of `Buena Vista Social Club', and travel writer Simon Calder explains his love for Cuba.

201A0220010207

Kirsty MacColl explores Cuban music and culture.

2: Kirsty searches out the songs and the venues that were the backdrop to parties in the pre-revolutionary era.

She visits Havana's Tropicana nightclub, which played host to the likes of Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra, and hears from one of Cuba's top female vocalists, Omara Portuondo, who was a dancer with Carmen Miranda.

Plus music from Beny More, Perez Prado and Desi Arnaz.

201A0320010214

Kirsty MacColl presents a series exploring Cuban music.

In the Bay of Pigs, she revisits the dramatic years from Castro's Revolution to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Musician Ibrahim Ferrer tells how he was in Moscow with Kruschev during the crisis, Gloria Estefan recalls her father's involvement in the Bay of Pigs invasion, and actress Hilda Oates tells of a chance encounter with Che Guevara.

201A0420010221

Kirsty MacColl presents a series exploring Cuban music and culture.

In this programme, she sets out to discover the secrets of the finest Cuban cigars and the smoothest Havana rum, and learns how the classic American cars of the 50s are now considered a national resource.

With music from Celina Gonzalez, Sierra Maestra and doo-wop group Zafiros.

201A0520010228

Kirsty MacColl presents a series exploring Cuban music and culture.

In this programme, she goes in search of Havana's best haunts in the company of travel writer Simon Calder and music producer Juan de Marcos Gonzalez.

She gets a lesson on how to play the tres - the distinctive Cuban guitar with three pairs of strings - and there is music from Los Van Van and Pablo Milanes.

Plus a Cuban's guide to the mambo.

201A0620010307

Kirsty MacColl presents a series exploring Cuban music and culture.

In this edition, she hears how the Buena Vista Social Club project became reality and talks to singers Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo about the making of the album in Havana's EGREM studios.

Plus music from the album and pianist Ruben Gonzalez, whose career was revived by the album's incredible success.

201A0720010314

Kirsty MacColl presents a series exploring Cuban music and culture.

In this edition, she and expert musicologist Jan Fairley discuss the best of Cuban music available in the UK, from an essential beginner's guide to the complex styles and sounds of the island.

201A0820010321

Due to Kirsty's tragic death shortly before the series was broadcast, this final programme in the series exploring Cuban music and culture is presented by musicologist Jan Fairley.

The programme examines the attraction of Cuba as a destination for travellers and considers the impact of mass tourism on the island that has been isolated since the US embargo was imposed in the 1960s.