For music-loving photographer Bob Sacha (a one-time clarinetist who also played some guitar), traveling to Cuba on this assignment was "a magical, out-of-body experience...The sun slanted straight down the streets in Old Havana. You could sit at the back of a hotel and watch the people go by. Within an hour, two or three groups would come by, singing. Life there was like a little opera every day." Sacha, who works primarily for Fortune, National Geographic, and ISLANDS, also notes that rank has its privileges everywhere in Cuba. "Musicians and athletes are at the top of the food chain, so traveling around with great musicians was like being in the company of royalty."