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Paulina Álvarez: la Emperatriz del Danzonete

Paulina Álvarez: la bien llamada Emperatriz del Danzonete. Aunque su voz excepcional le permitía interpretar cualquier género musical cubano, el pueblo la recuerda más por sus magistrales interpretaciones del Danzonete, con el acompañamiento de las mejores orquestas cubanas de la época. Paulina Álvarez: la bien llamada Emperatriz del Danzonete. Foto tomada de Internet Los primeros pasos de su... 

Paulina Alvarez, Empress of Danzonette

Havana, Cuba. – She had an exceptional voice that allowed her to sing any Cuban genre, but people mostly remember her brilliant danzonettes, accompanied by the best orchestras of her time. Paulina Álvarez: la bien llamada Emperatriz del Danzonete. Foto tomada de Internet She took her first steps in music in “Elegante” orchestra, conducted by Edelmiro Perez. She was very successful with this... 

Pianist and songwriter Felo Bergaza, a glory of Cuban music

Havana, Cuba. – Trinidad, a city founded almost half a millennium ago and about to be declared World Cultural Heritage, has also been the cradle of great Cuban musicians. One of the most outstanding is famous pianist and songwriter Rafael Bergaza, known popularly as Felo Bergaza, a glory of Cuban music. Felo Bergaza, pianista y compositor cubano fue una gloria de la música cubana. Foto tomada... 

Cuban musician Humberto Jauma succeeded in Mexico

Havana, Cuba. – Humberto Jauma-Peñalver was a Cuban musician and songwriter who succeeded in Mexico. He was born in Santiago de Las Vegas, Havana, and died on June 22 1971, at the age of 63. He played in the famous orchestras of Agustin Lara, Rafael Hernandez and Gonzalo Curiel. Humberto Jauma, músico cubano At the early age of 15, Jauma-Peñalver was capable of playing three-stringed guitar... 

Enrique Jorrin’s Orchestra revives

Havana, Cuba. – Enrique Jorrin’s Orchestra plays every Thursday in different spaces of Havana Hotel Nacional, although sometimes it does it on Saturdays. Enrique Jorrín y su Orquesta. Foto Internet Its concerts of Cuban traditional music attach emphasis to Chachacha, but it also plays Bolero Cha, Danzon, Son, Guaracha and even the Colombian Cumbia, to please the heterogeneous publics. Its essence... 

The One and Only one has a name: Rita Montaner

Havana, Cuba. – Rita Montaner is one of most universal exponents of Cuban culture. She was considered a superb singer and pianist and a talented actress. She is still “the One and Only”, as her people identifies her. No artist ever represented the soul of a nation like her, although there were personalities in her time of the size of Argentinean Libertad Lamarque, Mexican Maria Felix,... 

Filin is sung with the heart

Havana, Cuba. – Filin is a way to sing, or rather to say a song with feeling. It is the result of revitalization within Cuban music and maintains a close bond to our traditional Trova. Filin emerged in Cuban singing around the 40’s of last century. It was yet another renewal of national singing, forged in rich syncretism and our complex cross-cultural changes. Jose Antonio Méndez. Foto tomada... 

Un libro revelador del gran chanssonier

Durante una entrevista que le hice en Guadalajara al compositor mexicano ya fallecido Vicente Garrido, salió inmediatamente la pregunta de cuál había sido el intérprete que mejor entonó su emblemática canción No me platiques más, confieso que no esperaba la respuesta: Bola de Nieve, me respondió el autor. Ignacio Villa “Bola de Nieve”. Foto tomada de Internet Garrido abundó un poco más...