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Raquel Revuelta, outstanding Cuban actress and founder of popular theater

Havana, Cuba. – Raquel Revuelta, outstanding Cuban radio, cinema, theater and television actress, was born in Havana. She came from a family of artists, where her Spanish father and Cuban mother lived in a precarious economic situation. Raquel Revuelta Planas. Actriz de radio, cine, teatro y televisión. Foto tomada de Internet Raquel’s artistic career began in 1936, passing through the... 

New Year’s Eve gift

Havana, Cuba. – I don’t really know what this is all about. This year, at least for me, only began a few days ago and it will be over in a few days. Christmas is already gone and the New Year is already knocking at our doors. So, I would like to give my readers a gift. How about we talk about Cuban cocktails? Regalo de fin de año: coctelería cubana. Foto tomada de Internet Well, at this point,... 

Brazilian actor Lazaro Ramos loves Cuban music

Havana, Cuba. – Brazilian actor Lazaro Ramos, juror at XXXV international Festival of New Latin American Cinema, told Radio Cadena Habana, “I am a fan, a lover of Cuban music.” The party of dark rooms has begun in Havana and will last until next December 15. Movie-lovers will be enjoying about 300 films in these 11 days. El reconocido actor brasileño Lázaro Ramos, el André de la... 

Tales of baseball, cockfights and jai alai

Havana, Cuba. – The 1946-47 Cuban professional baseball series was very hot. People got killed and there was at least one suicide. Quite a few incidents had to be settled in court.  Although four teams competed for the title, the fierce rivalry between Havana and Almendares throughout the series heightened interest on the tournament. Everybody expected Havana, led by Miguel Angel Gonzalez, to... 

Havana’s seafront, the assorted stew of Cuban music

Havana, Cuba. – Havana’s seafront is not only a space where lovers nurture their passion under the moonlight or blazing sunbeams. When fishermen finally catch something there, after hours of patience, they show it as a valuable prize along the crowded concrete wall. It is also a space for music. Malecón habanero: El Ajiaco de la música cubana. Foto: ArtForStrangers (Flickr) Wandering minstrels... 

Trio Matamoros keeps singing after more than eight decades

Havana, Cuba. – Every time I ask experts why people still like the songs of Trio Matamoros in spite of the years, they all answer in the same way: “To speak of that takes a deep analysis”, or “It’s not so easy to answer just like that.” If they asked me, I would just say that I can listen to them a thousand times, because their sonority is different. They touch your... 

Cuban Guaracha yesterday and today

Havana, Cuba. – Guaracha is one of the song and dance genres of Cuban music. It is humorous, loaded with double meanings and uses frequent naughty references played to the beat of Son. Guaracha emerged as a musical genre in the early XIX century, in the way of popular songs played in Cuban theater. La guaracha es uno de los géneros de canto y baile de la música cubana. Guaracha is in debt with... 

Marti Theater, cradle of great Cuban artists

Havana, Cuba. – Marti Theater, located in downtown Havana corner of Dragones and Zulueta St., was founded on June 8 1884. It was ever after the venue of famed Cuban music figures, like Gonzalo Roig, author of Spanish operetta “Cecilia Valdes.” The premiere of this piece took place in that theater on 1932. Roig wrote it for a Cuban soprano, but a Mexican sang it for the first time, after capturing... 

Pablo Neruda in Havana

Havana, Cuba.  – Delia Del Carril, Pablo Neruda’s wife, wrote a letter to Cuban essayist Juan Marinello on July 29 1940. She told him therein him that circumstances had foiled “Pablo’s plan to go to Havana, although he was determined to go anyway.” Pablo Neruda, poeta chileno. Foto tomada de Internet The couple was on their way to Mexico, where the poet would take over as Chile’s... 

Summer movies in Havana and provincial capital cities

Havana, Cuba. – Indian movie “He is a tiger” opened in Havana movie-theaters Yara, Acapulco, Payret, Screen 1 of Infanta Movie Complex, Ambassador, Alameda, Carral, Lido, Continental, Sierra Maestra, Patria, Miramar and provincial opening cinema houses. Under Kabir Khan’s direction, the cast includes Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad, Ranvir Shorey, Lisa Byrne and Olivia Jackson. ...