A new documentary about New Wave icons Blondie premiering in the UK this summer.
The documentary follows the band’s groundbreaking performance in Havana, Cuba, in 2019, which arose as part of an exchange with the Cuban Ministry of Culture. It had been a desire for the band throughout their glittering 45-year-long career, and it remained one of the last things left on their bucket list to be ticked off.
Blondie performed two concerts in the country during their stay. They were joined by three local musicians who served as the opening act for each performance. Cuban 12-piece Latin rock group Síntesis, David Torrens, and salsa performer Alain Perez, backed by a 12-piece band, all supported Blondie and appeared in the film.
Before making the trip to Havana in 2019, drummer Clem Burke told Rolling Stone: “We’re hoping to try to sort of semi-integrate ourselves into the community and maybe do some performances and jamming prior to the official concerts for the local community.
“I really don’t know what to expect other than there’s a common denominator when you’re playing music. If possible, maybe we’ll do a drum circle or some kind of musical communication, which is always a great field leveler.”
Blondie: Vivir en la Habana premieres at Sheffield Doc Fest, which is taking place from June 4-11. The documentary includes narration from the band’s Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, and Clem Burke. It is shot on 16mm and 8mm film.