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Angeles” in Radio Cadena Habana

Havana, Cuba. – In the so-called informal conversations, it’s customary to use phrases that highlight the messages content. For instance, when one wishes to underscore some singer’s quality, it’s usually said that he/she sings like the angels. It doesn’t matter that neither speaker nor listener have no clue about the celestial beings’ voices. Regardless of the ambiguity, actually irrelevant... 

The history wagon

(…History has a wagon where many will ride; it will run over those who dare challenge it…) Havana, Cuba. – The prophetic lines of singer/songwriter Pablo Milanes’ “Cancion por la Unidad Latinoamericana”seem appropriate to describe the current political scenario in United States regarding Cuba. Cuba-USA Recent opinion polls show growing support to the change of policies enacted by Barack... 

John Kerry: Cuba’s future is to be shaped by the Cubans

Amid international expectations for the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Havana and Washington, US Secretary remarked that Cuba’s future is to be shaped by the Cubans. Johnn Kerry The Secretary of State said, “It’s important to keep in mind what happened, in order to avoid repeating the past. History images are indelible. The peoples of Cuba and the United States are... 

Van-Van sonority in LA. Conga Room

Havana, Cuba- The fourth stop of Los Van-Van locomotive across the USA is at 20:30 hours of Thursday, August 13. It will take place in Los Angeles Conga Room, after leaving Cuban music lovers dumbfounded in Chicago, New York and Washington. Van Van The orchestra founded by unforgettable Juan Formell is scheduled to play next Friday 14 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. The rightfully called... 

The king captivated by Cuban music

Havana, Cuba. – Johnny Ventura’s honest and broad smile almost became a hurricane of satisfaction when I told him I was from Radio Cadena Habana. He said it’s one of the radio stations that he used to listen to in San Domingo when he was young. What was the starting point of your career? “I always loved tropical music. I danced, sang and made pantomime listening to jukeboxes in those days. I... 

The July 26 Anthem

Havana, Cuba. – “Any artistic creation is the child of its time and, most of the times, mother of our own feelings.” Russian artist Vassily Kandinsky’s statement keeps proving right every single minute. Take for instance the transcendental anthem born 62 years ago in critical moments of Cuban national history. The Anthem of Freedom, called July 26 March shortly after, was composed... 

The long and winding road

Havana, Cuba. – Neither timeless Paul McCartney, nor immortal John Lennon could have foreseen it when “The long and winding road” saw the light in 1970. The song of the mythical Beatles’ last album is becoming a commonplace used by politicians, analysts, diplomats and politicos to describe the process of normalizing relations between Cuba and USA. Relaciones Cuba-USA The change of course in... 

El Guayabero, people’s artist

“El Guayabero” was a people’s artist, very original for his appearance and the content of his creative work. In spite of the fame that won him acclaim in many corners of the world; whenever he stepped on stage, he remained the same simple, modest man. He wore no makeup; made no poses and walked as the most ordinary human being along the streets of his hometown, Holguin, a city he loved and never... 

Ernesto Blanco’s musical miles

Ernesto Blanco is a graduate in classic guitar of the “Amadeo Roldan Conservatory”. His owes most of his skills at the electric guitar to the lessons he took from Jorge Luis Valdes, better known as “Chicoy” and teacher of many guitarists in our country. But all this happened before 2001, because that year Ernesto joined his brother, David Blanco’s band. Ernesto Blanco. Foto de Yasmine Giner. He... 

“Septeto Santiaguero”, 20 years of musical excellence

“Septeto Santiaguero” celebrates this year two decades of its foundation and since its beginnings it has appeared to be in a continued evolution process. Under guitarist Fernando Dewar’s lead, this ensemble, founded in 1995, drinks from the fountain of its hometown Santiago de Cuba’s musical tradition. It can shake stages because it synthesizes the legacy of ancient Son with contemporary outlooks...