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Mapping Cuban music from the Middle East to Spain, Havana and beyond

The Miami Herald

Most people trace the roots of Cuban music to the rhythms of Africa and the melodies of Spain. But in La Ruta de las Almas (The Soul Route), Cuban musician Pavel Urquiza has mapped an intricate musical network that spreads from the Middle East to Spain to Africa to Cuba and Latin America.

“From Persia to Patagonia,” says Urquiza. His project, which brings together musicians from Iran and Israel, Spain and Cuba, is the centerpiece of the annual Global Cuba Fest concert at Miami Dade County Auditorium on Saturday, March 12.

The project’s name was inspired by The Silk Road and The Spice Road. But unlike those ancient trade routes, Urquiza aims to link not products but peoples, religions and cultures.

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