Pablo Menéndez: Musician, Ambassador, Son


On Saturday, October 14, Brava presents the live concert Direct from Cuba featuring Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla plus a screening of the documentary film Tan Cerca... Tan Lejos / So Near... So Far which reflects on Pablo Menéndez’ journey and his life story as a “musical bridge” between the United States and Cuba. This historic evening will also feature a special performance by Menéndez' mother, the legendary singer Barbara Dane, who was the first public person to defy the State Department ban on travel to Cuba after the 1959 Revolution and sang all over the island, on televisions, newsreels and on the front page of the newspapers, making her a symbol of the possibilities of friendship between the US and Cuba.  

In the interview below, Pablo talks about his mother's legacy and his life as an artist in Cuba.