Salsa and reggae: the Latin sound - now Nueva Trova music from Cuba captivates Latin music fans in Japan. Cuban musicians came to Tokyo, Monday to bring it on.
Hundreds of Japanese music fans came to hear Vicente Feliu, Augusto Blanca and Lazaro Garcia known as the fathers of Nueva Trova. Some other Cubans joined in to give a summer music festival a taste of Cuba's traditional sound.
Nueva Trova started in the mid-'60s. It's traditional folk music that combines progressive lyrics. The songs often promote the Cuban Revolution.
Kaori Wada, audience member, said, "I love dancing, especially Cuban dances. That's why I became interested in Cuban music as well."
Vicente Feliu, who joined the Nueva Trova Movement in 1972 has travelled to dozens of countries. He says Trova isn't about politics. It's about love and every day life in Cuba.
Vicente Feliu, musician, said, "Trova music was born in mid 19th century when people were fighting the war for Cuba's independence. That's why trova is almost the national music of Cuba."
The communication between the Cuban musicians and the Japanese audience needed no language, and culture has no boundaries.