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Cuba’s guitar-makers put their artistry on display

May 4, 2017 GMT
Gilberto Mendez Lainati and his father, Gilberto Mendez Mendez of Santiago de Cuba, the island's second-largest city, make final adjustments to two of the 15 hand-made guitars, ukuleles and laúds they brought to the tent where Cuban arts, crafts and music are on display.
Gilberto Mendez Lainati and his father, Gilberto Mendez Mendez of Santiago de Cuba, the island's second-largest city, make final adjustments to two of the 15 hand-made guitars, ukuleles and laúds they brought to the tent where Cuban arts, crafts and music are on display.

Gilberto Mendez Lainati and his father, Gilberto Mendez Mendez of Santiago de Cuba, the island’s second-largest city, brought their hand-made guitars, ukuleles and laúds to the tent at Jazz Fest where Cuban arts, crafts and music are on display. Apologizing for his English to a reporter who knows about five phrases in Spanish, the younger man explained why he came.

“We’re here for demonstration of our job for United States people. We are musicians, but apart from that, we make instruments. My father has his group and I have my group in Cuba. Sometimes we play outside our country.”

“This is the bigger in our life. It’s our opportunity for present our job to United States -- mix together with people who come here and ask about our job. Interesting exchange of cultures.”