Before relocating to South Florida, I witnessed an endless procession of Cuban groups visit my then-hometown in the wake of Ry Cooder's Buena Vista Social Club project. For a time it seemed every musician from the island who could claim an affiliation with this or any other famous Cuban act was on tour -- from the son of the cousin of the stepbrother of Arturo Sandoval to Compay Segundo's grandnephew's neighbor's cat sitter. All of these concerts drew plenty of world-music aficionados but made little news outside the... More >>>