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Radio Cadena Habana urges to rethink Danzon, Cuban National Dance

Havana, Cuba. – An old guard musician, called Pedro Rojas, wrote once: “If Danzon is our national dance, it should be present in every ball.” His statement dates back to the early XX century, but it remains regrettably valid. A valuable jewel of Cuban musical heritage has practically vanished from the Cuban scene. Danzón, Baile Nacional That’s why, Radio Cadena Habana’s appeal to reflect... 

Aragon Orchestra is Cuba

Havana, Cuba. – Aragon Orchestra means Cuba. Its authenticity and popular acceptance turned it into a symbol of Cubanhood since long ago. It is now celebrating its 75th anniversary, a very respectable lifetime for any musical group, which only a few may relish with the public acceptance it still has. Orquesta Aragón. Foto tomada de Internet Right from the outset, it achieved something very hard... 

Bola de Nieve, fascinated by poetry and ballet

Havana, Cuba. – An image is engraved forever in the memory of several generations of Cubans. It is still reproduced in paintings, photographs, in the big and small screen or in cartoons. Ignacio Jacinto Villa y Fernández, más conocido por Bola de Nieve. Foto tomada de Internet When one hears one of his incomparable renditions, a smile glowing with pure white teeth and black hands fluttering... 

David Alvarez: a Cuban musician that is a serious player

Havana, Cuba. – In our childhood, we were told that games where kids hit each other with their hands seldom end well.  At least, when physical wrestling is involved, the outcome is usually upsetting for the annoyance it brings. Of course, the concept is not absolute, since there is a “Juego de Manos” (Game of Hands) that gives great pleasure. I’m talking about the band led by David Alvarez,... 

Isaac Oviedo, a superb guitarist

Havana, Cuba. – Isaac Oviedo (Matanzas 1902- Havana 1991) was a brilliant Cuban musician and an emblematic figure in the history of guitar in Cuba. He became one of the most remarkable self-taught guitarists in our country and an outstanding composer. His works had a very Cuban rhythm, of which the most famous was “Engancha carretero.” Isaac Oviedo fue uno de los mejores treseros de Cuba.... 

Manuel Saumell-Robredo

Greetings Composer and pianist Manuel Saumell has been considered a musical genius. He was the father of Cuban musical nationalism and specialized in quadrilles and adapting operas and other artists’ songs. Manuel Saumell Robredo. Foto tomada de Internet He was a very outstanding personality in Cuban musical history, not only because of his work as a creator, but also for his vast activity as... 

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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Alba Marina, great Cuban lyrical singer

Havana, Cuba. – She began in the Supreme Court of Art, appearing in radio, television and Cuban, Mexican, Colombian and US stages. She was a founder of Cuban television, back in 1950, and there she sang songs, romances from Spanish operettas and arias of operas written by Gonzalo Roig, Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Ernesto Lecuona, Rodrigo Prats, Gilberto Valdes, Spaniard Manuel de Falla, Russians... 

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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