Fernando Zulueta, vocalist and guitarist for Miami group Ma'duro (for Spanish-illiterate, that's a cute linguistic/cultural pun on maduro, mature, and mas duro, harder, pronounced Cuban style - ma' na'!) has a very personal connection to the music he wrote for My Suitcase full of Hope: The Story of the Cuban Freedom Flights, a documentary airing at 8pm tonight on WPBT Channel 2.
Zulueta came to Miami from Cuba at age two, and drew from his own experience of exile in composing the music for the film, from Linda y Soberana, the main theme, a nostalgic son-fusion style tribute to Cuba, and Freedom Flight, a restless instrumental.
Directed by Cuba-mense homeboy Joe Cardona (responsible for 9 documentaries on the Cuban condition, including Café con Leche, The Flight of Pedro Pan, and Celia the Queen), the film tells the story of 265,000 Cubans who came to the States via U.S. chartered planes between 1965 and 1973. Read more about the film and check a database of Pedro Pan and Freedom Flight escapees here.