My first trip to Cuba 1993 I lived with a family in the district of Luyano, Havana.
This was the so-called “período especial” and in practice it ment a decade of misery for the Cubans.
Mayari sat at the corner of Municipio and Melones trimming the hair of his dog Miringuita.
Of course I could not resist picking up my camera!
Seventeen years later I stumbled upon a page on Facebook “Solo gente de Luyano”
(Just for people from Luyano) The fantastic thing I realized a little later when I started to
contribute my photos (most of them almost forgotten and deep down in some old analog archive) to the group, is that the responsable person for the site was Reynier Perez.
Reynier was just a kid back in 93 and lived upstairs in the same house where I stayed and I had caught him in my pictures playing with the children of “my” family. (i´ll post some of this in the future)
Internet, Facebook can sometimes be a fantastic media to reconnect people. Many Cubans have left their country and are spread out all over the world. On “solo gente de Luyano” they can make contact with old friends and neighbors!
The additional information I get referring my photos from these comments in the Luyano page
increases the documentary value a lot. The picture of Mayari for instance no longer just represents an image of an odd character!
Listen to the following quotes (translated from original Spanish)
Yanliet Linares: Sitting outside of what used to be his house. An unforgettable personality from Luyano
El Lachy Pons: A personality from Luyano. He is dead now.. lived a block from my house
Claribel Alvarez Sosa: Mayari was well known? “look at me women, play with me, look here I am single now”. Fantastic personality, a skilled tailor and as you say Reynier he liked sports and he participated in competitions, he was strong
Armando Mandito Valdes: The old Mayary lived beside my house. Sometimes they came and emptied his house. It was filled to the ceiling of stuff that he found walking around. It could be of use to somebody . I lived close by. I moved to the states 1980, never saw him again. HE WAS A GOOD PERSON
Eduardo Somoza Rios: He used to whip me when we played chess, the day I beat him was our last match
Yohandra Ramos: He died some time ago, he lived near my house
Grettel Llana: My God whats he doing to the dog????
Grettel Llana: Looks like he wants to cut his tail..
Yanet Viamontes: Por dog!!
Reynier Perez : I can assure you that MAYARI never would cut the tail of the dog because it was his only friend he spoke to him and prepared food for both of them. The hands holding that scissors is hold by an excellent tailor.. a surgeon with his cloth
mayari, the revolution gave him everything ?????? (ironically)
Keyla Roymer Barrientos: mayari, everybody knows mayari, this is great!! What memory’s really this page is really good
amazing entry! So inspiring! I love when photos can make connections and fill in the blanks this way. The photos is just stunning as well..
Thank you Mimo. I achieved lots of interesting information about names of persons and other things when I publiciced those old photos on that group site. Pictures (also those with no special quality) suddenly became very interesting documents. Friends, neighbors and relatives contributed and gave them life and history..
Esa era mi casa! Mayari vivia en los bajos, y mi mama le bajaba comida desde la ventana de la cocina a su patio usando una cesta amarrada a una soga! Era un tipo genial, musico, poeta y loco! Muchos no apreciaban su caracter bohemio, pero yo si….me encantaba verlo renovar bicicletas viejas y convertirlas en obras de arte. Si fuera aqui, Mayari hubiera sido famoso exponiendo sus “creaciones” en Art Basel! Y efectivamente, era un sastre excepcional…
That was my house! Mayari lived downstairs, and my mom would lower food from the kitchen window to his yard using a basket tied to a rope! He was a warm and friendly guy, musician, poet, and a creative genius! Many did not appreciate his bohemian character, but I did…y loved how he would renovate old bicycles and convert them into works of art. If it were here (Miami), Mayari would have become famous exhibiting his “creations” in Art Basel! And yes, he was an exceptional taylor…
Gracias por tu comentario.
“genial, musico, poeta y loco!” suena como el titulo de un libro.
Tu testimonio agrega muchísimo valor a la foto.