Not all Cuban musicians are into salsa. Some play rock and roll. Others are into hip-hop. Still others prefer classical music. Then there's X Alfonso. He plays a mixture of many musical styles. The World's Marco Werman has his story.
The neighborhood of Vedado is filled with crumbling old mansions built before the 1959 revolution when families possessed massive wealth.
X Alfonso and his band rehearsing inside the synagogue.
One of the buildings on this street corner is an abandoned Sephardic synagogue. There aren't enough Sephardic Jews in Havana to keep the temple busy. Today, musicians use it as a rehearsal space.
The artist occupying it right now is well-known in Havana. Few Americans have heard of him. And it's too bad, because if you want to know who hip Cubans are listening to, you need to know the music of X Alfonso.