As you know this blog is all about “the new Cuba” – not the “Disney-fied” version that keeps eluding its growth. I just got tipped off by a friend in Havana about this band called Nacional Electronica.
The root of their sound is pure Cuban. Tight percussion, and layered drumming over a bed of electronic reverberations. It’s a mix of the old and the new… illustrative of the experimental scene down there now.
The short film is directed by Zacharie Fay. It follows the narrative of a Cuban Barbershop locked behind fences. The barber performs ace skills on his subject. Together, the visuals, the spirit and the sound give birth to a properly shaven young man ready to face the world.