Of all the music forms Latin America has spawned, few are more paradoxical than nueva trova. Like American folk, nueva trova is an acoustic song form in which guitar plucks and strums pair with soaring couplets veering between love and violent revolution. Like American folk, nueva trova saw its heyday during the 1960s, when the promise of social change was still feasible and the Cuban government funded singers and songwriters such as Silvio Rodríguez and Pablo Milanés to travel across the Americas and preach the gospel of Castro. And just like American folk, nueva trova is most popular among leftists who think they're listening to the music of the masses while wondering why such events d... More >>>