NYC VIBE – 22nd June 2021
June 2021 – Battery Park City, NY:
NYC VIBE caught up with the ageless musician Debbie Harry and her crew introducing their documentary Blondie: Vivir En La Habana. The film covers the legendary rock band’s 2019 performance in Havana, Cuba as part of a cultural exchange program arranged by the Cuban Ministry of Culture.
Blondie members Debbie Harry and Clem Burke, director Rob Roth, Tribeca Festival co-founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal, and special guests Fab 5 Freddy, Rebecca Hall, and Morgan Spector were greeted by the media on the red carpet in lower Manhattan.
After the film premiere, the audience was treated to an energetic on stage concert, singing along
as Blondie performed some of their biggest hits, including, “Rapture,” “Call Me,” “One Way or Another,” and “The Tide is High.”
The original plan, shooting on film, was to produce a short following Blondie’s performances in Cuba and visits to the neighborhoods but expanded to a full-length documentary. Narrated by Harry, guitarist Chris Stein (who was unable to make the trip), and drummer Clem Burke, following Debbie Harry and the rest of the band on their collaborative journey with local musicians in Cuba, the four-day exchange marked the band’s first time in the country after wanting to visit since their inception 45 years prior.
The band performed two concerts in the country with three local musicians on stage as the opening act for each show. The artists included Síntesis, a 12-piece disco, rock, and Latin music group; pop performer David Torrens; and salsa performer Alain Perez, who plays with a 12-piece band as well.