Early 1960s, Havana -- Post-revolutionary Cuba: Against the backdrop of the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, two youths from the tough musical district of Cayo Hueso decide to form a vocal group. To those whose lives they briefly touched, Los Zafiros are legends. A musical phenomenon molded by their time and place, The Sapphires caused a sensation in Havana and beyond throughout the 1960s and into the early '70's. Though they enjoyed international acclaim, touring widely throughout Europe, Los Zafiros have remained in relative obscurity throughout the U.S. as a result of the political climate of the cold war. Though they enjoyed international acclaim, touring widely throughout Eastern & Western Europe, the group has remained in relative obscurity outside of Cuba.
Their brilliant mix of American-inspired Doo-wop touched by Afro-Cuban rhythms, Salsa, Son and other traditional Latin forms can best be described as “World music” before there was “World music.” LOS ZAFIROS - Music from the Edge of Time explores the memories of Manuel Galban and Miguel Cancio, the two surviving members of Los Zafiros, as they are reunited in Havana.
The film also features the perspectives of numerous Zafiros family members in Miami and Havana, international musicologists, and musical colleagues of the group.