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Posted May 21, 2004 by publisher in Cuban Music

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Gladys Knight, Jimmy Buffett, Montell Jordan, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt and Mick Fleetwood are among the artists who contributed to the album and concert DVD “Bridge to Havana.” Due June 29 via Pyramid/Universal, the releases chronicle a week-long 1999 collaboration between English, American and Cuban musicians in Havana.

What resulted was a 12-track studio album of songs penned during the week, some of which were later performed during a concert captured by a seven-member camera crew. PBS is expected to air the DVD as part of an upcoming pledge drive, with an airdate to be announced.

Knight and Edesio Alejandro’s “Feelin’ Good (Vacilon) is the first single from the project. Other album tracks include “La Brisa Azul” featuring Raitt, Pablo Menendez and Rey Guerra, “Hey Hey” featuring Frampton and Alberto Tosca and “One World” featuring Fleetwood, Paddy Maloney, Todd Smallwood and Augusto Enriquez. Buffett and former Police guitarist Andy Summers appear on the DVD, but not on the album.

Half of the proceeds from “Bridge to Havana” will be donated to the Miami-based Puentes Cubanos, which assists Cubans in the United States via health, educational and social programs.

—Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on June 24, 2004 by Robin

    I listened to a quick preview of Bridge to Havana while waiting for Harry Potter to begin in a theater this morning. I was so excited by what I heard I went into a Borders after the movie to find the cd. I can’t wait to hear the rest when it comes out on the 29th.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on July 03, 2004 by Donna

    The Album has been released and its incredible!!!!  What a delight to hear beautiful music once again.  Go get it!!!

  3. Follow up post #3 added on July 04, 2004 by Marta gongora

    I am from Cuba, and I would like to get in touch with Jimmy Buffet, I know many persons in Cuba that are outstanding artists, of course I know the language, the people, the culture, sub-culture etc. I believe I can help in present and future projects.
    My cell phone number 727 458 7858, please call me only for the reason explainned above. Thank you.
    I would really appreciate it if you give this message to Jimmy Buffet.
    Thank you again.
    Marta Gongora

  4. Follow up post #4 added on August 05, 2004 by Maria Elena

    Gladys Knight along with Edesio Alejandro singing “Feeling Good” 
    was love at first sound. MAGIC!!!!!!

  5. Follow up post #5 added on August 05, 2004 by Maria Elena

    Gladys Knight along with Edesio Alejandro singing “Feeling Good” 
    was love at first sound. MAGIC!!!!!!

  6. Follow up post #6 added on August 19, 2004 by Diane Moreland

    I am trying to find Gladys Knight and Edesio Alejanos’ album realeased May 2004 Pyramid record label Vacilon is the title. 
    Where can I purchase this? I live in the state of Washington, and we get everything last.  I heard it in Fort Lauderdale fla.
    last month.


  7. Follow up post #7 added on August 19, 2004 by Donna

    Diane it is all over the web.  Order it on the web!  That is what we did.  I think we got it from amazon.com

    Let me see if I can find a link for you.  Go to amazon.com and then search bridge to havana.  By the way the DVD is awesome.  It comes with the CD in a two pack! The whole thing is incredible and you will find some music on the dvd that is not on the cd.  The story is amazing and beautiful.  It made me cry.

    Good luck

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