PBS is taking audiences on a musical trip through Cuba’s capital this winter with a new episode of its fan favorite cultural arts series.
Great Performances: Havana Time Machine is available now on DVD. Released Dec. 12, 2017, the roughly hour-long program follows musician Raul Malo as he walks Havana’s streets, examining the city’s (and nation’s) cultural history. Along the way, there are performances with well-known Cuban musicians such as Eliades Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club), Sweet Lizzie Project, Ivette Cepeda, Roberto Fonseca, The Mavericks and others.
Born to Cuban parents in Miami, Malo said of his journey that it held a special importance in a recent interview about the experience.
“Like most Americans, Cuba seems like a dream, a land of rhythm and rum, of Ricky Ricardo and revolutionaries, baseball greats, gangsters, casinos, classic cars and cigars…But for me, it’s the home I’ve never known, the place that my parents were formed, who in turn formed me,” Malo said. “The roots of my musical soul have been reaching for Cuban soil my entire life, and now…the reality is beyond my wildest dream.”
Great Performances: Havana Time Machine was produced by Todd Jarrell and Todd Mayo (co-producers of PBS’ acclaimed series Bluegrass Underground). It was directed and edited by Randy Hale and James Burton Yockey, and co-produced in Cuba by Josue Lopez Lozano. It is retailing for MSRP of $24.99, but can be ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 online direct via PBS’ online store.
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