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Our national anthem, elegant and patriotic

Havana, Cuba. – Our patriotic, warlike national anthem is as closely related to the rising of Cuban nationality as the lonely star flag. Whether on foot or on horseback, our independence fighters (mambises) intoned it as inspiration in the rage of every battle. A few decades later, it also inspired the revolutionaries that pursued the way to the ultimate independence. Plaza del Himno en Bayamo. Foto:... 
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Ten candles for a musical birthday

Havana, Cuba. – The surface of the birthday cake was hardly enough to accommodate the ten candles. Actually, the light of those candles overflowed the space, because “Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor” have worked together for a decade with magnificent yields in Cuban music scenario. The 14-musicians band (mostly graduates of different art schools) celebrated a decade of smiles with a varied... 

Senen Suarez’s musical audacity

Havana, Cuba. – Instrumentalist, composer, arranger and bandleader Senen Suarez was born in the town of Manguito, in Matanzas, on July 30 1922 and lived to be 91. Senén Suárez His long musical life began at the age of eight when he began to play acoustic and three double-stringed guitars. Then he joined the local orchestra “Hermanos Valladares”.  Thanks to them, the young musician got... 

Electo Rosell, outstanding exponent of Cuban popular genres

Havana, Cuba. – Electo Rosell, composer, violinist and orchestra conductor from Santiago de Cuba, was known as Chepin. He was a brilliant exponent of Cuban popular genres, like Son, danzon, guaracha, jazz and even classic music. Electo Rosell, músico cubano cultor de géneros populares His father, guitarist Jose Rosell, was his first teacher, at the age of 14. He continued his musical education... 
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Cuba’s black vedette turned 98

Havana, Cuba. –The high bun and turban crown her beautiful head that always glows with a broad smile. Those attires remain the distinctive features of her personality, as well as fancy costumes and fluent conversation. Candita Batista, la Vedette Negra de Cuba. Foto tomada de Internet Candita Batista, Cuba’s Black Vedette, turned 98 last October 3.She celebrated it in her hometown Camagüey, perhaps... 

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... 

Danzon

Danzon is a musical genre created in Cuba, which derived from ancient Creole dances. It was created in 1879 by Miguel Failde, a composer born in Matanzas. It is considered part of Cuban and Mexican traditional music. The name of this musical genre is the augmentative of contredanse, a collective figure dance. Creole dances became very fashionablein the second half of the XIX century and enjoyed their... 

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... 

Reinaldo Ulpiano, prestigious Cuban saxophonist

Havana, Cuba. – Reinaldo Ulpiano was born on April 7 1938, in Pinar del Rio City. He belonged to a family with great musical tradition, because his father and siblings were all professionals. He took his first steps in music with his father, who taught him clarinet, sol-fa, music theory and harmony, next to professors Jacobo Rubalcaba and Felix Benitez. His professional life began in 1952, when... 
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