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Alain Daniel, a musician of his time

Havana, Cuba. – Publics of different generations, particularly the youth, admire his timbre, characterized by a medium register, rich in shades and with a pleasant sound. Young Cuban singer and composer Alain Daniel has musical skills that were fostered since early childhood through his studies in Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. There was also a strong family influence with a sound inheritance from... 

Ela Calvo, “Singing is my life”

Havana, Cuba. – So many couples wooed listening to her voice in Havana night clubs during the 1960’s. She turned musical notes and lyrics into kisses, cuddles and hugs. She sparked emotions to the tune of a peculiarly restrained and tender way of singing.  She became an exquisite exponent of Feeling, a movement that revived Cuban song, led by Cesar Portillo de la Luz and Jose Antonio Mendez. Ela... 

Folkloric music in Moa

Greetings The first thing I should say is that folkloric music in Moa (eastern corner of Cuba) was founded and organized by a citizen from Santiago de Cuba. Since the early XX century, plucked strings music, Son Montuno and Punto Cubano (Cuban country music), are musical traditions in Moa, next to lullabies and children’s choruses. However, the so-called drum and iron music, played for more than... 
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Bantu Music

Havana, Cuba. – Bantu music is a folkloric musical expression rooted in the numerous Congo groups of Bantu culture and language. It came to Cuba from Africa during the Spanish colonization. This music was created in the Island by black Congos coming from Zaire. They were mainly stationed in Colon, territory of Matanzas Province and stood out for their adaptability to the place. These groups were... 

Yambu

Another variant of rumba Greetings and welcome We have already spoken of rumba and also of one of its variants: Guaguanco. Therefore, it is important to comment shortly on another of its components: Yambu. It is an eminently Afro-Cuban dance, slow and with ceremonious movements and it’s meant to show on stage woman’s flirtation with man. It has some resemblance with guaguanco, but it differs... 
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Guaguanco, type or original rumba from Cuba

Havana, Cuba. – First of all, I should say guaguanco is the fusion of several Afro-Cuban rhythms known as rumba. This rumba type, substantially infectious, is sung in our language. It is interesting to know that its musical instrument par excellence is the bass drum, played with three of those drums. In addition, they use a couple of little sticks that are hammered on a wood block. Los Muñequitos... 

The Hymn of Freedom

Havana, Cuba. – “Every artistic creation is the child of its time and most of the time; it’s the mother of our own feelings.” Russian artist Vassily Kandinsky’s statement proves true every moment. For instance, take that transcendental hymn born 61 years ago in critical moments of Cuban national history. Agustín Díaz Cartaya. Foto: Juventud Rebelde The, called shortly after... 
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The women of Moncada: resilience and courage

Havana, Cuba. – Guanajay women’s penitentiary was one of the most terrible experiences suffered by Haydee Santamaria and Melba Hernandez, heroines of July 26 events in Santiago de Cuba and Bayamo. There were no other political inmates there; nor were they allowed to leave their cells. Melba Hernández del Rey y Haydeé Santamaría (Yeyé). Foto tomada de Internet When they were allowed any... 

Cuba feels gratitude and love 61 years after Moncada

Havana, Cuba. – It seemed, indeed, that the Apostle of our Independence would die in the year of his centennial, but it was only an appearance. Fidel Castro Ruz. Archivo Internet. Under the disgraceful regime that took over Cuba in March 52, the Yankees outrageously interfered in every sphere.  Yet, Jose Marti’s star still shone fully untainted and pristine and kept convening the necessary... 

Raul Gomez Garcia: We will keep fighting

Havana, Cuba. – Who can say artists are not capable of dedicating body and soul to a social cause? Who can deny that when a poet writes he is expressing his innermost feelings and sorrows? Raúl Goméz García. Foto Archivo Internet. Poetry, with its rhymes and metrics, has been chosen by many writers to speak out and denounce shameful events. Sometimes, they have done it explicitly. Occasionally,...