Read this review of the performance by the National Chorus of Cuba (with the Vancouver Chamber Choir on Saturday, October 29) nd marvel at how the writer mentions that over 25% (!) of the members of the Cuban National Choir defected in Canada — and fails to note why they defected. I really like the last paragraph:
If there?s one thing North Americans learned from the Buena Vista Social Club, it?s that no matter how down-and-out they are, Cubans know how to party. The question is, how much of this was solely for our benefit? After all, we got to return to our cozy homes and pop Ibrahim Ferrer into the stereo?while the Cuban singers had to make do with $20 a day for meals, their performance pay having been withheld until their return home. Viva la revoluci?n!
Ain’t that nice?
(H/T J. Scott Barnard)