“In Cuba,” says photographer David Hicks, “they live for their music. It’s everything to them, and they’re very good at it.” Anyone with even a passing interest in ‘world music’ will have heard of the legendary Beuna Vista Social Club album, which brought such Cuban musical legends as Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez and Orlando Lopez to an appreciative global audience. Cuba has a rich and vibrant musical history, both in terms of playing and dancing. David Hicks, a photographer often described as having ‘that magic common touch,’ seems like the perfect candidate to capture the colours and emotions which emerge when Cuban dance and music combine.
“After the initial outlay of buying the instrument of choice,” says David, “it’s very cheap to enjoy. There’s not much in the way of other distractions so practise is easy ! Salsa music and dancing is common, with Rumba too.” Hicks’ striking, innovative visual documents of Cuban street life, which you can view here, are alive with possibility. Viewing them, you get a sense that music and energy are woven into the tapestry and the rhythms of humanity in that country. Says David: “I tried to avoid the obvious photographs of the average Cuban bands doing their thing.”
By capturing moments before and after musical happenings, Hicks imbues his images with tantalizing mystery.
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