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Cuban Chan Chan joins world musicians

Washington, Apr 18.- The Playing for Change project premiered a new version of Chan Chan , one of the most internationally known Cuban songs, gathering world artists.  

The son composed by Compay Segundo, and popularized on and off the Island by the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, is the new proposal of the movement created in 2002 by US producers Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke “to inspire and connect the world to through music”, according to what is read on their web page.

Cubans such as the tres player Pancho Amat, the pianist Roberto Carcassés and the singer Teté García Caturla, along with other Cuban artists and from countries such as the United States, Japan, Lebanon, Mali and Brazil, appear in this music video that began to be filmed on Johnson's trip to the Island in 2015.

There are only a few songs that are heard on the streets around the world. One is Three Little Birds, Bob Marley, and another is Chan Chan. I just heard it in many cultures, usually when I travel to Spanish-speaking countries, Johnson told the American magazine Billboard.   

So we thought: “Well, why don't we try to take this song from Cuba and go around the world and add musicians? Because we know that it is a song that people sing, like an anthem, all over the world”, added the producer in an interview published this Friday.

This is not the first time that Playing for Change includes a Cuban theme among its popular proposals, since in 2014 it released a version of another of the essential works of the island's music, Guantanamera, with the presence of more than 70 Cuban artists living in different countries.  

Johnson explained that that previous work gave him a much deeper understanding of the incredible music and culture that comes from Cuba. "And so Chan Chan was really an extension of that experience, and eager to work on a project that begins in Cuba."  

With the title of Chan ChanA gift from Cuba to the world, the producer invites you to hear "how well Cuba, the United States and the Middle East get along when the music plays." (Text and collage: PL)