Beneath a star-strewn sky, couples
crowd the huge dance floor, whipping suddenly into dazzling spins
and twirls too tight to be improvised but too loose to be choreographed.
The band continues with a jam that goes on for five minutes, 10
minutes, longer; and no one can sit down, no one can stop. Sound
and movement have conspired to produce a moment that flirts with
both the delirious and the sublime.
is a place beyond salsa. This is the realm of timba brava, the innovative
Cuban dance music that fuses elements of jazz, funk and hip-hop
with traditional Latin rhythms to create a unique sound one
that has already won international acclaim. Cuban music officials
go so far as to boast that only three truly vibrant and fertile
strains of popular music exist in the world today: American, Brazilian
The Washington Posts Dudley Brooks takes you there through
his photographs. Enter