“…people have jazz, have rumba, salsa, they have rock-n-roll, they have son, you know... So it seems logical to have musicians who would also like to play all of that stuff.” --- Pablo Menéndez

A Popular Cuban Music Band
  The Cuban musical scene has become so diverse that it is impossible for Cubans themselves to keep up on everything which is happening. But Cubans are almost universally familiar with the group Mezcla. Perhaps because the band is the project of U.S.-born Pablo Menéndez, who is well known in Cuba, perhaps because during the

latter 1980s and early 90s this band had a string of big hits, or perhaps, as its name ("Mixture") implies, Mezcla crosses so many musical boundaries in its repertoire.

After years of fighting the U.S. State Department, Menéndez was finally able to return home with his band in 1997 and then again in the summer of 1998. Many people attended looking for "salsa," others for political "New Song" music, others perhaps for jazz. What they got was a combination of musical tastes and variety which they had rarely before heard in their lives, played by world-class musicians. Here Pablo Menéndez talks about his life's work, the band Mezcla.


How Mezcla came about

Why musicians are attracted to Mezcla

How Mezcla became popular in Cuba

Mezcla's work with Conjunto Folklórico veteran Lázaro Ros and the Cantos recording

The song "Ikiri Addá"

Current Mezcla personnel

    Interview With Pablo Menéndez © 1998 - Louis Head
  To Contact Mezcla:
  Grupo Mezcla
  Calle 94 #110
  e/ 1ra y 3ra
  Miramar, Municipio Playa
  La Habana, Cuba
  Telephone: 53 7 22 70 34
  Email: mezcla@artsoft.cult.cu
  Website: http://www.mezcla.org