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Laritza Bacallao keeps raising Cuban musical temperature

Havana, Cuba. – Panting, sweating, beautiful. Such is the image of Laritza Bacallao, the young singer that lately heads all Cuban hit parades, thanks to themes like “Carnaval” and “Que suenen los tambores” (Let the drums rumble). Laritza Bacallao, cantante cubana “The time to lose control has come. Let temperature rise! “, she says in the latter and the public goes crazy. However,... 

Cuban rap group “Primera Base” hits homer

Havana, Cuba. – “Primera Base”, pioneer of rap in Cuba, won the Hip Hop award at “Cuerda Viva” Festival of Cuban Television. The winning album is titled “Mezcla” and was produced by Cuban record house “Bis Music.” Bandleader Ruben Marin was still excited over the success when he told Radio Cadena Habana: Primera Base, grupo rapero cubano. Foto cortesía la agrupación “The... 

“Necesito”, a smart musical end of Cuban theater play

Havana, Cuba. – We watched for almost two hours in tenterhooks, enthralled, astonished, provoked. A bunch of sensations turned into motivations. With an unusual sparkle in the eyes, some felt their hearts cringe others felt it rejoice. This is the way I would paint, with an impressionist paintbrush, the picture of the audience at the premiere of “Todo x 1” (All x 1); in Havana theater hall “El... 

Roots of Cuban music (II)

Havana, Cuba. – In the previous article, I elaborated on our African and Hispanic musical roots, mainly for those who don’t have enough information. This time, I intend to delve further into the former, mainly as regards to cultures and their musical instruments. Tambores Batá Let us deal with the Yoruba culture first. Like I said before, it was the most developed cult in the African ethnical... 

Polito Ibañez prepares making-off of his album “Ante tus Ojos”

Havana, Cuba. – The famous Cuban singer and songwriter Polito Ibañez is preparing the making-off of his most recent album, titled “Ante tus Ojos”, where he sets to music the works of outstanding Cuban poets. “I think the project is not very well known yet and I’m looking for tools of immediate communication so that people get to know it exists”, he told Radio Cadena Habana. Polito... 

Roots of Cuban Music (I)

Havana, Cuba. – Cuban music is certainly well-known and enjoyed worldwide. Such fame is very much warranted since our country unquestionably ranks as a world music power, next to Brazil and United States. Obviously, most Cubans are aware, to some extent, of its roots. Others, however, due to very diverse reasons, lack enough data. Therefore, I would like to address the latter, if I may. Conjunto... 

Waldo Mendoza: a bridge of music & love

Havana, Cuba. – Like a predator stalking its prey, Julio Gomez-Llusia scanned the granite prairie, trodden excitedly by women and men dragging travel bags or carrying briefcases. He tried to spot a known face among so nameless faces. In fact, it wasn’t hard to identify the short, chubby man with a boy’s face. Waldo Mendoza, cantante cubano. Foto tomada de Internet In the lobby of “Jose... 

So the bells toll for you too

Havana, Cuba. – Cuban National Heritage Council and the “Finca Vigia Foundation signed an agreement of bilateral cooperation between Cuba and United States, for the preservation of American writer Ernest Hemingway’s legacy in Cuba. Finca Vigía. Foto tomada de Internet The agreement was first signed in 2002 by Cuban National Council of Cultural Heritage and the Social Science Research American... 

Papa Montero, party-loving scoundrel

Havana, Cuba. – One of the most bizarre popular legends in this island is about a funeral that became a party. It bequeathed us a tune that has traveled the world and was even portrayed by Cuban painter Mario Carreño in one of his works. Cuadro del pintor cubano Mario Carreño. Foto tomada de Internet In the small town of Isabela de Sagua (located in central Cuba), lived a black guy with very gray... 

Dora Alonso, Cuban playwright, poetess and journalist

Havana, Cuba. – Doralina de la Caridad Alonso, better known as Dora Alonso, was a playwright, poet and journalist. She is considered a foremost writer for children, whose works have been widely translated and published overseas. Dora Alonso, Narradora, dramaturga, poeta y periodista cubana. Foto tomada de Internet Her literary and narrative style was based on simplicity and emotional management... 
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