Blondie: Living In Havana is an 18-minute documentary short film that narrates the visit of the band from postpunk to Havana in 2019, as part of a cultural exchange with the Ministry of Culture of Cuba. This trip was something that the whole group had waited for for more than four decades and that, despite expectations, had an unfortunate outcome as one of the main promoters of the trip, Chris Stein, was in no condition to travel to the city. Isla and therefore would miss out on the opportunity of this great experience. Go here the trailer of the documentary Blondie: Living In Havana.
The four-day trip, which included two performances at the Mella Theater (and which you can also get in vinyl format), gave Blondie the opportunity to collaborate with different Cuban musicians, such as Carlos Alfonso, Ele Valdés and María del Carmen Ávila del group “Synthesis”. “Singers, percussionists: many wonderful Cuban musicians have joined our concerts and raised our songs to an exciting level,” Debbie Harry commented excitedly. “At The Tide Is High” the vocalists of “Synthesis,” sang and played with me the original harmonies that John Holt wrote for the song at the time. It was beautiful! Latin American music has always been part of the New York way of life, so it was great to be able to put a very personal touch on the heartbeat of Cuba. VIVA !, »he added.
This pair of performances will be part of a new six-song EP that will be released on July 16. This new production will be printed on limited edition blue vinyl and will include covers of the hits “The Tide Is High,” “Long Time,” “Wipe Off My Sweat,” “Rapture,” “Heart of Glass” and “Dreaming” where the first four songs are already available in digital version.
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For his part, Rob Roth, who had already collaborated with Blondie on other occasions, was in charge of directing and documenting this unique trip that combined images in Super 8 and 16 mm of the streets of Havana, accompanied by digitally filmed images of the city. In addition, the film includes the narration of Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke, who provide their views on Havana, and how the arts are a way to reduce political and cultural divisions.
Given the censorship that certain musical genres suffered in Cuba, Rob Roth was concerned about the popularity of the band on the island. songs and that answered any questions I had about Blondie’s popularity, ”commented the Director.
Roth himself also spoke about his impressions of the Cuban capital. “You don’t see a lot of people talking on the phone, so there’s nothing to tell you what year you’re in. The cars are from the 1950s, some buildings are modern, some are in shambles. ” “There is so much beautiful architecture that it has deteriorated,” added Roth. “They are in a period of renewal and that reminded me fondly of the 1970s and the decline of the Lower East Side,” added Debbie Harry.
With these performances, Blondie joined the list of international groups such as Audioslave, The Rolling Stones, Manic Street Preachers, and Major Lazer that have performed in Cuba in recent years.
“Blondie: Vivir En La Habana” premiered in the UK at Sheffield Doc / Fest (June 4-13) and in the US at the Tribeca Film Festival (June 9-20). In addition, it was well received at the Rizoma Film Festival in Madrid (May 12) and at the SeeYouSound International Music Film Festival in Italy in February.
Go here the trailer of the documentary Blondie: Living In Havana.
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Blondie: Living in Havana