Los Primos is a not-for-profit organization with the following Mission...to inspire, support and promote live music, music education and social awareness, in Nova Scotia and Cuba, through cultural exchange, inter-generational learning and the creation of environments where these elements will flourish.
The Los Primos project began in 1997 when Jeff Goodspeed and his wife, Amara, noted the need, and held a fund-raising event to help purchase musical instruments to give to the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Havana. When they made their first trip to Cuba in the winter of 1998, they took twenty-three various band instruments to give to the school. They were absolutely blown away with the level of musicianship that these high school kids had achieved so they invited the first band of Cuban music students to Nova Scotia to attend the Acadia University Jazz Camp of which Jeff was the Director. Almost 200 music students from Nova Scotia benefited from hearing and meeting the talented musicians from Amadeo Roldan School of Music. Now there are literally thousands of music students here in Nova Scotia who know about Cuba first hand and have great respect for Cuban musicians and Cuba's music schools.