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René Touzé: clásico del pentagrama cubano

“No te importe saber”, del compositor habanero René Touzet, es uno de los grandes clásicos de nuestro pentagrama… Una canción que le ha dado la vuelta al mundo en el repertorio de no pocos intérpretes tanto cubanos como foráneos. Sin embargo, su autor la escribió nada menos que mientras viajaba en un tranvía de La Habana a Marianao. Pocos días después la estrenó con su agrupación... 
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Lourdes Torres: Imprescindible en la música cubana

Lourdes Torres no estará entre nosotros físicamente, pero seguirá siendo la popular intérprete y compositora cubana, dueña de un currículum musical que sorprende. Nacida en Guanabacoa en 1940, inició su carrera musical desde los doce años de edad. Para entonces integró el coro dirigido por María Adams y con él se presentó en diversas ocasiones en el Teatro Principal de la Comedia. Pero... 

Out of adjectives to talk about Fidel Castro

Havana, Cuba. – In journalism, there is usually excess of adjectives. Yet, this is one of those rare occasions when I prefer to break the rules and even then, I can’t find enough to talk about Fidel, the unique man who always knew, with his right hand, how to summon the left. Fidel was intelligent, vigorous, lucid, farsighted, cheerful and profound. He was also clear-headed, austere, dreamer... 
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Flutist Juan Pablo Miranda’s thousand sorrows

Havana, Cuba. – Juan Pablo Miranda is the author of many boleros, including “Mil congojas” (Thousand sorrows) one of the most sentimental themes of Cuban songbooks. Some people say he was born in Havana, while others claim he was born in Jaruco, but the only established fact is that he came to the world on October 1906. In his teens, his parents got him a job as a carpentry apprentice, but an... 

Miguelito Valdes, mechanic, boxer and singer

Havana, Cuba. – He was one of the greatest singers of our popular rhythms. Although he was born in the neighborhood of Belen in 1916; he soon moved with his family to Cayo Hueso, another Havana slum, mostly inhabited by humble people. Miguelito Valdés Already in his teens, Miguelito Valdes joined Habanero Infantil septet, where he alternately played maracas, double bass, drums and guitar or sang. At... 

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... 

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...