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Jorge Anckermann, exceptional Cuban musician

Havana, Cuba. – Jorge Anckermann was the second of seven siblings born in a family of great musical ancestry. His “genes” for this artistic manifestation allegedly came from his grandfather, a German born in Hamburg, and from his father Carlos. The latter was a violinist, orchestra’s conductor and Spanish educator, who had settled down in Cuba. Jorge Anckermann Rafart, pianista,... 

Santiago Feliú: siempre andará por Cuba regalando canciones

A los cinco años empezó a agarrarla (La guitarra) y lo hizo al revés. Nuca supo el motivo porque era derecho. Sin embargo, Santiago Feliú tiene y tendrá siempre su espacio en la música cubana. En el momento en que se ponía a hacer una canción no  tenía idea de cómo hacerlo. Existe el oficio pero además la improvisación. No le importaba a donde iban las canciones. Las hacía esperando... 

Jose Marti’s stay in México

Havana, Cuba. – After his deportation to Spain, Jose Marti visited his first great Latin American country, when he arrived in Mexico in February 1875. In Mexican soil, the Teacher assumed its history as his own. This country had lost more than half its territory at the hands of United States; had suffered European recolonization and vanquished it. It had divested the Catholic Church of its privileges... 

Isolina Carrillo: “Dos Gardenias”, success and her people’s love

Havana, Cuba. – A remarkable songwriter, pianist and professor, known for her immortal theme “Dos Gardenias”, was born in Havana over a century ago. Reportedly, the pianist of Calixto Allende’s Orchestra got ill one day and fearing to lose their show at the “Stand” movie-theater, they invited a 10 years-old girl to fill in for him. And Wow! The little girl amazingly fitted in the orchestra... 

Jose Marti’s stay in Venezuela

Havana, Cuba. – Jose Marti’s stay in Venezuela was a landmark in his personal biography. In the South American country, Cuba’s National Hero exercised some of his skills: teaching, oratory and journalism. On the other hand, he also experienced the political tensions caused by liberal despotism and managed to reaffirm the sound ethical principles of his life as a man, intellectual and revolutionary. La... 

Cuban women and choral conduction

Havana, Cuba. – Breathing in a different, unique and choral way and singing in unison makes human beings better. Luckily for us, Cuban choral movement is rich and diverse in variety of genres, styles and times and women have always played an outstanding role at their helm. Coro Nacional de Cuba. Foto tomada en Internet Maria Muñoz-Quevedo, founder and conductress of Havana Choral, as well as... 

Sierra Maestra ensemble, faithful to Cuban Son

Havana, Cuba. – “Sierra Maestra” ensemble was born for Cuban music and the whole world on October 20 1976. Jose Antonio Rodriguez and Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, like the rest of its members, were then studying Engineering and they baptized the new group with the name of Cuban highest mountain range. But what they didn’t know then is that they had begun an important chapter of our musical history. Conjunto... 

Jose Urfe, an essential musician

Havana, Cuba. – Cuban musical culture is deep-rooted in the process from where our nationality emerged, particularly in the fusion of Afro-Cuban contributions, although Spanish and French influences should not be underrated. José Urfé un músico de esencias During the XIX century, ballroom dancing prevailed in Cuba, but this only happened in stately houses and exclusive societies. In the streets,... 

Omara: a life enchanted by Filin

Havana, Cuba. – The diva of Buenavista Social Club is also the symbol of an era in Cuban music that’s still in love with Filin. She was born in a musical neighborhood of Havana. Musicians swarmed Salud St. in 1930, when the beloved voice was born and nurtured from her own environment. Other figures of the Filin movement were born nearby. Concordia, Animas, Virtudes and Zanja were more than... 

Gretel Barreiro in the path of Cuban Music

Havana, Cuba. – Gretel Barreiro is gaining ground in our current musical panorama.  Although she certainly inherited her grandparents Manuel Duchesne-Cuzan and Carlos Fariñas’ talent, she treads her own path, without leaning on illustrious family names. Gretell Barreiro durante concierto en Bellas Artes. Foto tomada de Cubahora “Soy”, her letter of introduction in the record world, bears...