A musical trio from Cuba who sought political asylum in the United States while on tour in Mexico in December 2008 will perform at Colorado State University-Pueblo on September 16. Los tres de la Habana (The Three from Havana) will perform at 7 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom as part of Hispanic Heritage Month activities sponsored by the Office of Student Activities. Admission is free to students and the community.
One of the most famous musical groups in Cuba until their departure, the members decided to defect their country and then traveled by foot to the U.S./Mexican border to ask for political asylum. The decision was based on the feeling that their creativity was being stiffled, and the frustration they felt by the control the government had over their careers and their family life. When the three-year-old daughter of two of the members died of a strange viral infection, they were left to wonder if things would have been different had the government allowed them to take the baby on tour with them.
German Pinelli, his wife Ana Maria Paez and his brother Ari Pinelli arrived in the United States, like many others, with just a dream and their talent. Along with three other members of their band, Tirso, Magela and Maykel, 3 de la Habana left their beloved country behind with the desire of exposing their music to a greater audience.
After hurdling challenges that would make an electrifying Hollywood script, they made it to the United States via Mexico and within months were playing to sold-out crowds in Miami and signed a recording deal with independent label, RAFCA Records. Their latest album and first U.S. release "Llego el Momento" (The Moment is Now) hit the stores in April and continues to receive excellent reviews by both the media and the public.
The power of their music is undeniable. With a mix of Salsa, Trova, Son, and Cubaton (Cuban Reggaeton), 3 de La Habana is an explosion of energy on stage. The blending of their fresh and innovative concepts with core traditional Cuban rhythms results in a magical and special sound best described as a "ritual" which captures the audience and actually makes them part of the "throbbing" show.
According to Dr. Alegría Ribadeneira, assistant professor of Spanish, the group’s presence on campus will bring to light many international topics, helping to put a face on many important issues for the campus community, including, artistic freedom, U.S./Latin America/Cuba relations, immigration, censorship, and Caribbean music.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 719-549-2151 or visit http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/StudentActivities for future events.