Welcome to Miami, as seen through the eyes of four friends and Miami residents.

Episode 1 of the El Lector podcast. In our inaugural episode, meet Marcos, Matt, Victor and Mark. They discuss Miami: how they got here, why they’ve stayed, why they’ve come back. But more importantly they talk about story, and why telling stories matters. Light a cigar, pour a drink, and listen to El Lector.

Music:

“La Bella Cubana” – written by Jose White Lafitte, 1836 – 1918, performed by Camerata Romeu Orchestra from the album New Classical Cuban Music. Jose White was a black Cuban violinist and composer who gave his first concert in Matanzas, Cuba at the age of 24. White captures the creole essence of Cuba in this beautiful piece; an era long forgotten, yet a song that remains on the hearts of Cuban sons who value their heritage. I recommend sharing this piece with your children.

“Suavecito” – written and performed by El Septeto Nacional de Cuba, founded by Ignacio Pineiro. Considered the founders the musical style known as “Son”, and the first to add a trumpet to the traditional percussion and guitar. “Son” is the predecessor to what later became known as “Salsa”.

“Black Chicken 37” is performed by the Buena Vista Social Club. This beautiful instrumental piece captured the modern age of Cuba, capturing a sense of loss and mystery that shrouded the era of the 60’s – present day of the Cuban experience.

“Fiesta de los Feos” – Spam Allstars. What can I say about this group… Miami owes them a debt o gratitude. Founded by Andrew Yeomanson, they created their own genre called “Electronic Descarga”. Miami has a lot of great local bands. We hope to honor them through this podcast.

“Going Down” one of the most popular songs from Texas Cannonball, Freddie King.  Known as one of the “Three Kings” of the blues along with B.B. and Albert.  This raucous number makes us wanna drive south and get there fast!

 

Check out our Spotify playlist to accompany this episode!  These are the songs we love and help explain who we are.  Can you guess which ones belong to who?

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