Jazz Day celebrations showcase Cuba’s rich musical heritage

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(Left-right) Wayne Shorter, Dhafer Youssef and Ben Williams perform on stage during the International Jazz Day 2015 Global Concert at UNESCO on April 30, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

An all-star concert in the Cuban capital, Havana,  is the centerpiece of this year’s celebrations for International Jazz Day on Sunday, 30 April.

Legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, a Goodwill Ambassador with the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, and Cuban pianist and composer Chucho Valdés, are among the artists from across the globe who will be performing.

In a message for the Day, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said Cuba's thriving musical culture gave birth to the Afro-Cuban jazz movement, which was inspired by a great mix of cultures and peoples across the region.

Afro-Cubans are among the roughly 200 million people in the Americas who are the descendants of those brought to the New World during the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

In honour of International Jazz Day, we are rebroadcasting this feature  on how African rhythms continue to permeate Cuban music and culture today.

Dianne Penn reports.

Duration: 3'14″

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