The sad history of Bebo Valdés is that during his entire time as an émigré, he was erased from the repertoire of Cuban culture in the national media -- until the worldwide success of Lagrimas Negras, a record the Cuban musical censors could not bury.
After Celia Cruz's exile on July 15, 1960, the most famous Cuban singer was erased from television and radio programming. It was forbidden to broadcast her music, and generations grew up without that cry of "¡azucarrr!" echoing in our ears.
In addition to the already deceased Celia Cruz, many other artists have been banned for years and years. Among them are the bolero singer Olga Guillot, the saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, and pianist Bebo Valdes.
Amidst the swashbuckling felines, fast-talking lizards, and kung-fu pandas -- plus a cat in Paris -- that occupy this year's Oscar nominees for animated feature, there's actually a tale featuring human beings, stylized though they may be.