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Zoila Galvez: a celebrity of Cuban culture

Greetings Outstanding soprano Josefina Zoila Galvez was an illustrious daughter of her hometown, Guanajay, where she was born on March 19 1899. At the early age of five, she took her first piano lessons with Italian teachers, and further studied singing in Milan, Italy. Josefina Zoila Gálvez Pérez, soprano muy destacada Her professional career began in that European city, paving the way for a successful... 
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Emilio Medrano: Cuban singer and radioman

Greetings Emilio Medrano was born in Guantanamo, on May 22 1895, but his first studies were in Santiago de Cuba City. Later on, in 1915, he moved to Havana to study with Arturo Bovi, a remarkable educator in his time. His career clearly shows he became a great singing expert. For instance, he traveled to Milan, Italy in 1919, to take voice emission and singing lessons. Then he groomed his gifts with... 
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Distant loves

Havana, Cuba. – Did you know that the woman who inspired Saint-John Perse – Nobel Prize of Literature – to write his celebrated poem “The Foreigner” was Cuban? Ernest Hemingway What about Ernst Hemingway’s great love? A mulattress called Leopoldina was immortalized by the writer in one of his novels, with a character called “Lillian, the Honest.” Were you aware that one of Dominican... 
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Adolfo Casas: outstanding figure of Cuba lyrical scene

Adolfo Casas: outstanding figure of Cuba lyrical scene Havana, Cuba. – From time to time, it is convenient to review the life and deeds of people that have brought fame and glory to Cuban culture. This is something we should do, because sometimes they are involuntarily forgotten, even though they are from the recent past. Adolfo Casas, una eminente figura de la escena lírica cubana. Adolfo Casas... 

Elena Burke: ageless and timeless

Havana, Cuba. – Tenor Rene Cabel labeled her as “the best Latin American singer”, but to us, she will always be “La Señora Sentimiento” (Mrs. Feeling). When she came to the world on February 28 1928, in Cerro quarters, her parents registered her as Romana Burgues. She couldn’t dream of becoming Elena Burke, least “La Señora Sentimiento”, but she fell in love with singing... 

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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