Buenavista Sound Map. Photo: María Camila Maury Vázquez.

Buenavista sound map

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Era solamente el 2 de enero. Los cubanos andaban al sol, sin nasobuco, abrazándose entre ellos.  Por la zona de Buenavista, al Este de los túneles, los vecinos seguían de feriado, pero sin fiestas. Ya volvían los vendedores: el hombre de las galletas y la mujer de las escobas. En un portal antiguo —apenas una verja antes de la entrada—, se sentaba la señora mayor que vive sola, mientras en otra casa un albañil terminaba de pintar de blanco la reja alta. Tres niños mataperreaban afuera de una bodega y, detrás del mostrador, dos amigos jugaban dominó.

The men put the cards in without any fanfare, while in the background several songs by the same orchestra played on a radio recorder. That music was commonplace on the neighborhood's sound map. Each person had different tastes that were the same for the romantic genre and the reggaeton of the reparto as for the rumba and the guaguancó, but all would have undoubtedly gone to celebrate the start of the year in that grocery store where sounded La Candela by Los Van Van.

 

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