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Vania Borges’ “Tengo “Pega-Pega”

Havana, Cuba. – The prestigious Cuban record house EGREM has produced the latest CD of singer Vania Borges; titled “Tengo Pega-Pega” (I have staying power). Music to dance prevails in this phonogram that displays expressiveness and first-rate renditions. Vania is one of the most representative female voices in the Island in the contemporary music scene. Vania Borges. Foto tomada de internet “Tengo... 

Marta Garcia dances her life; dances forever

Havana, Cuba. – Cuban music touched world ballet star Marta Garcia since early childhood in her natal Guanabacoa, hometown of Ernesto Lecuona, Bola de Nieve and Rita Montaner. Irreplaceable family love and the essential mixture of the African and the Spanish nurtured her childhood in that Havana village. Marta García durante la presentación en Madrid del libro Danzar mi vida Now she lives... 

Music and spirituality in Cuban woodland

Havana, Cuba. – In Cuba, Ossain is the Orisha that rules over nature and it’s nature itself. He is the complete owner of the woodland and of vegetation. He finds shelter in the deep woods, where he lives alone. As a matter of fact, the Yoruba deity has been very active and enjoying fine company lately, because a fabulous project that has come true was named after it. Foto cortesía Osain del... 
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Unique Cubans in the musical scene

Havana, Cuba. – To be unique doesn’t mean to be irreplaceable, nor necessarily the best. It means being one-of-a-kind. There are many examples of Cuban musicians whose uniqueness ran parallel to popularity, brilliant renditions and singular grace. Such attributes complemented exceptional talent and charisma, professionalism and respect for work, for other people and for themselves. Rita... 

Music is an act of respect

Havana, Cuba. – Eduardo Martin has won prizes for artistic prowess; best rendition of Leo Brouwer’s work; best rendition of a Cuban guitar piece, and 1991 Radio France’s International Guitar Contest. He has as many rewards as years of experience with classic guitar, because his skill playing this instrument has entitled him to worldwide musical acclaim. Eduardo Martín. Foto cortesía del artista Who... 

Susana Baca’s Cuban passions

Havana, Cuba. – The third International Meeting “People’s Voices” was closed after some days of singing, poetry and sonorities inherent to our best indigenous, African, Spanish and Latin American inheritance. The visit of Afro-Peruvian singer/songwriter and researcher Susana Baca was one of the main events this time. Next to her accompanying musicians, she plunged into in the purest black... 

Musical counterpoint between singer and pianist

Havana, Cuba. – The wealth of the language inherited from our Spanish ancestors makes polysemy abundant in our vocabulary. I’m talking about the variety of meanings that one term may have. An example of the above-stated is the term counterpoint, which for some means comparison; for others it means debate and for most Cubans it means having two or more singers improvising their lines. Frank... 

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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Facts and Secrets of Havana D´ Primera

Havana, Cuba. – Amaury Perez-Rodriguez, trombonist and founder of Havana D’ Primera orchestra, and Alexander Abreu are the masterminds of this musical project. After exchanging a few words with him, I realized he was the right man for an interview in Radio Cadena Habana’s website, where some facts and secrets of the orchestra would be disclosed. Amaury Pérez Rodríguez, trombonista fundador... 

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...