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The Hymn of Freedom

Havana, Cuba. – “Every artistic creation is the child of its time and most of the time; it’s the mother of our own feelings.” Russian artist Vassily Kandinsky’s statement proves true every moment. For instance, take that transcendental hymn born 61 years ago in critical moments of Cuban national history. Agustín Díaz Cartaya. Foto: Juventud Rebelde The, called shortly after... 
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Cuba feels gratitude and love 61 years after Moncada

Havana, Cuba. – It seemed, indeed, that the Apostle of our Independence would die in the year of his centennial, but it was only an appearance. Fidel Castro Ruz. Archivo Internet. Under the disgraceful regime that took over Cuba in March 52, the Yankees outrageously interfered in every sphere.  Yet, Jose Marti’s star still shone fully untainted and pristine and kept convening the necessary... 

Raul Gomez Garcia: We will keep fighting

Havana, Cuba. – Who can say artists are not capable of dedicating body and soul to a social cause? Who can deny that when a poet writes he is expressing his innermost feelings and sorrows? Raúl Goméz García. Foto Archivo Internet. Poetry, with its rhymes and metrics, has been chosen by many writers to speak out and denounce shameful events. Sometimes, they have done it explicitly. Occasionally,... 

The corner of Prado and Neptuno St

Havana, Cuba. – In this downtown corner of Havana there was, in the XIX century, a famous inn. The owners were Alvarez de la Campa brothers; father and uncle of one of the medicine students shot by a Spanish fire squad in 1871. Time went by and the premises were transformed into a café called “Las Columnas.” Esquina de Prado y Neptuno, en La Habana, Cuba. Foto Roberto Suárez Things kept... 
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Ricardo Amaray, young exponent of Cuban music

Havana, Cuba. – It’s not the first time Ricardo Amaray gets directly in touch with the audience of Mirador de La Habana. However, the reunion is always welcomed, because this romantic and dreamer ballad and salsa singer always brings novelties and his charisma is like an oasis of fresh and pure water. Ricardo Amaray. Fotos Yannia Pérez Rumayor In terms of news, the singer announced his active... 
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Cuban music (I)

Havana, Cuba. – With your permission, I find important to begin a cycle of brief commentaries to deal with an issue as exciting as Cuban music. Let’s begin, as they say, from the beginning. Trio Matamoros. Foto tomada de Internet It is a very well-known fact that our music enjoys today a much-deserved appreciation all over the world. It arrays a vast assortment of genres, variants and styles... 
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Felix Reyna’s mark in Cuban music

Havana, Cuba. – He was one of our most popular musicians in different genres and not only in Cuba, but overseas as well. Many people may not know his life and musical work, but Felix Reyna was actually one of our most prolific songwriters. He left creations in different genres such as danzon, chachacha and bolero, many of which became classics of Cuban music. Félix Reyna, músico cubano. Foto tomada... 

A few remarks on the congas or tumbadoras…

Havana, Cuba. – Believe it or not, the well-known conga or tumbadora (names given in Cuba to the bigger drums) did not always have loops or and metallic keys to tune them …. How did such elements find their way to this popular musical instrument? Federico Arístides Soto Alejo (Tata Güines) considerado en Cuba el rey de los tambores Percussion instruments are the simplest and they exist since... 

The orchestra

Havana, Cuba. – Obviously, we should define, in a simple way, what an orchestra is. It is a group of musicians that play different musical instruments, gathered to play certain pieces. Each of its sections has a specific place in the band, depending on the instrument. El maestro Frank Fernández en una de sus tantas actuaciones con la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. Foto: Roberto Ruiz Of course,... 
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Juan Napoles Fajardo, El Cucalambe

Havana, Cuba. – Juan Cristobal Napoles-Fajardo, known as El Cucalambe, was a poetry writer and improviser. He was admittedly the most prominent figure of Cuban 10-line stanza in the XIX century. He was the highest exponent of Siboney art and literary nationalism. Juan Cristóbal Nápoles y Fajardo, nombrado el Cucalambé. Foto tomada de Internet The Cuban bard was born in the current province...