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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... 

Contraste: musical ensemble of seven women and a man

Addicts to the so-called Seventh Art (which doesn’t mean good art at all times) may remember a French film of the 1970’s titled “L’homme orchestra” (The orchestra man). The comedy lasted about 85 minutes and featured Evans Evans’s misfortunes (character played by the famous actor Louis de Funès). He played the director of a group of dancers that he ruled with iron fist and kept... 
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The most wonderful expression of beauty in “Jose Marti Museum”

Havana, Cuba. – When Cuban Revolution historical leader, Fidel Castro, inaugurated the “Jose Marti Museum”, in Havana’s historical Revolution Square, he said: “One feels satisfied that a man like him has received such beautiful and aesthetic homage, because the combination of everything in here is truly beautiful. The design has been excellent… ” In the majestic marble... 
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What Prokofiev never imagined

When the tiny hands of the small artists of Havanan conservatory “Alejandro Garcia-Caturla” deftly reproduce the exquisite sounds written by famous Russian composer and pianist Sergey Prokofiev, I imagine his happy grin if he had been able to hear them. Músicos de la compañía de Teatro Infantil cubana La Colmenita. Foto tomada de Cubarte Prokofiev wrote the symphony “Peter and the Wolf”... 

Heidi Igualada, strings and verses in Trova style

Havana, Cuba. – Cuban Trova has been fortunate enough that women, almost from its outset, didn’t lag behind their peers of the so-called stronger sex. Quite a few female voices have effectively left their mark along our Trova history. Heidi Igualada, destacada compositora, guitarrista y cantante cubana integrante del Movimiento de la Nueva Trova The names of Maria Teresa Vera and Marta Valdes joined... 

Felo Bergaza: One of Cuban popular music best pianists

Havana, Cuba. – Music must have nested in Cuban musician Rafael Bergaza’s cradle, because he started studying violin at the age of six years. Felo, as he was known, was born in the southern city of Trinidad, in 1917. Rafael Bergaza, músico cubano It is amazing that at the age of ten he had mastered that instrument so well, that he began to play in bands, where his father and other relatives...