On a trip to Havana in April, Questlove spent two nights DJing at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano, a local club in an old factory that is the current center of the city’s music scene.
A mini-documentary of The Roots drummer’s trip can now be seen on YouTube.
The 13-minute video, titled “Quest for Cuba,” shows Questlove being given a primer on contemporary Cuban music by locals, who enlighten him about seminal Afro-Cuban jazz group Irakere, dance band Los Van Van and the state-owned Egrem record label, among other things.
Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, New York-based Cuban culture hunter and director of the Havana hip hop documentary East of Havana, and Daniel Petruzzi of Questlove-founded urban music site Okay Player directed the piece.
The trip was a follow-up to one that The Roots made almost a decade ago to play the Havana Hip Hop Festival.
“This was my dream,” Questlove says in the video. “I’ve been waiting for this for like 10 years. I’ve been waiting for an audience like this.”
From the stage, he announced that The Roots will return to perform in Cuba. No doubt others will be planning their trip to the island after watching this footage of Havana nightlife.