Protests at the Buena Fe Show May 9 Seem Unlikely
There is little that's revolutionary, either politically or musically, about Buena Fe, the Cuban duo of Rojas Fiel and Yoel Martinez Rodriguez. Perhaps that's because the pair are truly products of the studiously apolitical pop music scene in late Castro Cuba; they formed as a musical act in 1999 and remain based in Havana. These issues, however, are probably of little importance to their fans stateside, who skew young and are more or less recent arrivals who just want to hear sweet, romantic music. And at creating this, Buena Fe excels.
Some scholars have classified the act as sonic descendants of trova, a style popular on the island from the '60s to the '80s whose lyrics focused on social realism. There are, perhaps, traces of that genre in Buena Fe's acoustic, guitar-driven songs. With full instrumentation, though, their numbers are more or less straightforward, even syrupy ballads. Perhaps that's why, unlike other "Nueva Trova" performers on the island, Buena Fe have gone more or less unmolested in their trajectory to relative stardom. The group plays a rare show in Miami this Sunday at the Fillmore Miami Beach, which, so far, doesn't seem to have raised the hackles of the usual bands of protesters.
Buena Fe. 8 p.m. Sunday, May 9. The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $46.50 to $76.50; livenation.com
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