By Antonia Fernandez, Photos: Ferval
Seventeen years ago, artist Salvador Gonzalez started painting Afro-Cuban motifs on the walls of a run down alleyway in Havana. That is essentially how the Callej6n de Hamel, or Hamel's Alley, was reborn, transforming into a place of colour and feeling. This was appropriate because in the 1940's and 50's, one of the houses in the area was owned by the famous Cuban singer Tirso Diaz. His home was a meeting place for singers and songwriters who, together with Tirso's sons, founded a new style of Cuban music called filin.