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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... 

“The riddle of two different Chavez” (I)

Havana, Cuba. – Carlos Andres Perez alighted at sunset from the aircraft that had flown him to Davos, Switzerland, and was surprised to find defense minister Fernando Ochoa at the landing strip. “What’s wrong?” he asked. The Minister replied so reassuringly that the President went straight to the presidential residence “La Casona”, instead of heading for “Palacio de Miraflores.” Perez... 

Luis Casas Romero: 130th anniversary of his birth

Havana, Cuba. – “Back in the year nineteen ninety five/and in the forests of Mayari/one morning I left the hut/and a mambi soldier went out to war/A Cuban girl that was my sweetheart/whose weeping the night happened to see/rode her horse the next day/tracked me down and followed me… “. These very well known verses belong to a melody titled “The mambi”, whose author was... 

Alexis Bosch, from percussion to piano

Why did you move from rhythm to melody? “I began my music studies with percussion. Regularly, such cases happen the other way around, because you start with piano at a younger age.  My case wasn’t like that. I began with percussion, but I think piano was inside of me first. My grandmother was a piano teacher and there was a piano in my house. Since I was a small kid, I used to sit at the piano,... 

Havanan consortium for music and environment

Havana, Cuba. – Insightful, forthcoming and defiant music may become a mobilizing force that makes human beings uphold the loftiest causes. Every genre is feasible, whether you sing Trova, pop or reggaeton. As long as people put their hearts into it, the message will find sympathetic ears, willing to multiply it. That is the thesis that the band “Cubanos en la red” advocates. Osmel Francis. Foto... 

Singer of ballads, romantic songs and salsa

Havana, Cuba. – A war machine that was used to shoot boulders, a firearm shorter and with a larger bore than ordinary shotguns, or a thick piece of wood used in different games are some of the meanings of the word “Trabuco” (blunderbuss) that may be found in any Internet dictionary. Ricardo Amaray: Baladista, romántico y salsero. Foto Yannia Pérez Rumayor None of the above-listed meanings applies... 

A musician with six names

This title sounds like one of the customary riddles of radio quiz shows, but it is not so. In fact, we are not talking about a musician registered with six names. Nor it is a cabbala related to the magic of numerology, although the quantity perfectly befits the main character of this story. Eduardo Ramos Number 6 in numerology – fortune telling by means of numbers – is the sign of love, responsibility... 

Jose Urfe, remarkable icon of Danzon in Cuba

Havana, Cuba. – Danzon is the most authentic expression of Cuban music. It was created in high society ballrooms in times of the colony. It was created in the city of Matanzas, on January 1 1879 by Miguel Ramon Demetrio Failde.  Nevertheless, Jose Urfe made a great breakthrough for this genre in the early XX century. José Urfé, músico y compositor cubano According to musicologist Jose Reyes... 

Encounter with music architects of Cuban audiovisuals

Havana, Cuba. – Juan Antonio Leiva and Magda Rosa Galvan, both born in Havana, are attached in life and art. They do a hard and remarkable job with music in Cuban audiovisuals, whether movies, television, theater or ballet. Estatuilla Goya. Foto tomada de Internet The fact that their orchestrations have won many national and international awards corroborates this statement. Their combined work... 

Arsenio Rodriguez, indispensable figure in Cuban music

Havana, Cuba. – One of the most remarkable Cuban popular musicians is Ignacio de Loyola Rodriguez, known in arts as Arsenio Rodriguez. He was born in Güira de Macurijes, in Matanzas, on August 30 1911, which is about to celebrate his centennial. Arsenio Rodriguez- El Cieguito Maravilloso. Foto tomada de Internet Arsenio Rodriguez made a remarkable contribution to the development of the Son Montuno...