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Photo courtesy of Vincent Ticali
Photo courtesy of Vincent Ticali

The music is infectious.

The Havana Cuba All Stars will fill Bayside’s Queensborough Performing Arts Center with a tapestry of rhythmic percussion, riveting castanets, classical Spanish guitar riffs, and a wailing wind section on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m.

Consisting of some of Cuba’s most prominent entertainers hand-picked by the government, this 11-member troupe celebrates and promotes the Caribbean island’s musical heritage by cranking out such genres as Rumba, Cha-Cha-Cha, and Mambo.

Members play everything from the tres (a three-stringed guitar) to bongos to cowbells to trumpets. They also offer their takes on songs that were written more than 100 years ago with as much flare as they perform their own ditties.

Dubbed “The Asere Friendship Tour,” the Havana Cuba All Stars band is traveling through the United States and Canada for the first time ever this fall. (“Asere” is a slang word for “friendship.”) The journey, which is organized under the auspices of the Cuban Ministry of Culture, a direct result of the new, more open economic relationship between the U.S. and the communist country.

Tickets are $35, $40, and $45.


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