Chucho Valdes: The KBIA Interview

Nov 2, 2015

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes pays a return visit to Columbia this Wednesday. KBIA's Trevor Harris interviewed Valdes last week. They discussed what the end of the embargo (or 'blockade' if you're Cuban) means for cultural exchanges and the influence of Valdes' legendary Cuban supergroup Irakere more than 40 years after the ensemble hit the stage.

Chucho Valdes (center) stands with Dr. Mamadou Badiane (at right). Badiane was the translator for KBIA's Trevor Harris' recent interview with Valdes. Pictured at left is Puerto Rican radio personality Errol Montes Pizarro.
Credit Dr. Mamadou Badiane

Chucho Valdes brings his Irakere 40: 40th Anniversary Tour to Columbia's Missouri Theatre this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. as part of the "We Always Swing"® Jazz Series.

This interview originally aired Friday, October 30, 2015 on KBIA. Listen to Trevor Harris' Jazz You Like It each Friday at 11:00 p.m. on 91.3FM KBIA.