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Tiempo Libre Brings Cuban Music to the World with Panamericano / Here & Now

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Interview with NPR's Here & Now

The U.S. and Cuba formally reestablished diplomatic relations today. Among the American-based Cubans who have been paying close attention to the thawing between the two countries are the members of the musical group Tiempo Libre.

They first met as students at Cuba's musical conservatory, Escuelas Nacionales de Arte, and when they reunited in Miami over 12 years ago, they made it their mission to bring the music and rhythms of Cuba to the world.

Tiempo Libre recently released the album "Panamericano." The band's musical director Jorge Gomez and lead vocalist Xavier Mili  join Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about the mix in cultures they find in their Miami Beach neighborhood, the album and their feelings about Cuba, past and present.  READ & LISTEN TO THE Here & Now SEGMENT