You see a lot of it in Havana. People practising their musical instruments in parks, the Malecon and other places, to avoid irritation from the neighbors.
I was passing by the harbor in Havana late 1993 when I saw this guy rehearsing with his trombone.
I took some pictures, he gave me his card and told me that they earlier that same year had formed a new band that played salsa, timba style.
Several years later there was a concert in Gothenburg/Sweden with a popular Cuban group called Manolito y su Trabuco.
For som reason (deeply hidden in the memory) I searched for that old card he once gave me… and yes, there it was: Manolito y su Trabuco les desea feliz Navidad y un prospero año nuevo…1993!
Brought the photo to the concert and went backstage to meet him. There he was, Juan Carlos (30kg bigger) with his trombone. I gave him the picture, we had a laugh and a nice chat. He invited me to his place in Havana the next time I visited…. And I did, but that´s another story.
Manolito y su Trabuco started as a band 1993. Their first cd came 95. One of Cubas top 3 bands!!