This week on From the Vault we explore the rich musical traditions of Cuba, traditions largely unheard by the American population as a direct result of a decades-old trade embargo and diplomatic isolation. We begin with an fantastic 1972 program by Pacifica producer Margo Adler - who showcases songs from the compilation album Cuba Va!, released on Paredon Records. We'll then hear recordings released by the Institute of Cuban Radio & Television, and conclude with a program featuring Cuban music by or about women, compiled by Angela Davis in 1978, based on recordings she collected while attending the 2nd Congress of the Federation of Cuban Women in 1974.
From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.