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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... 

Cesar Portillo de la Luz: a chosen of Cuban Music

Havana, Cuba. – This man condescendingly affirmed that he was the “Filin” and he is right. This artist transcended the borders of his own space and his songs have charmed the world. We are talking about Cesar Portillo de la Luz, author of “Tu, mi delirio”, “Contigo en la distancia” and so many other melodies. His artistic work has been widely acclaimed in Cuba and overseas. César Portillo... 

The author of the song “Mona Lisa” is Cuban

Havana, Cuba. – Have you ever heard of Cuban musician Merido Gutierrez-Rippe? This Cuban songwriter, singer and guitarist, born in Holguin, wrote nothing less than the famous song “Mona Lisa”, popularized all over the world by the famous US singer Nat King Cole! Mérido Gutiérrez Rippe. Foto tomada de Internet You should know you that the author sold this song to a US firm, but he withheld its... 

La damisela más encantadora de Cuba

La cultura cubana tiene grandes tesoros y Esther Borja, mujer convertida en símbolo, y nuestra damisela encantadora es uno de ellos. Esther Borja se presentó por primera vez ante el público en una velada escolar en 1929.  Allí interpretó “Canto siboney” y “Noche azul”, ambos títulos de Ernesto Lecuona.  Pero un acontecimiento iba a cambiar la vida de Esther Borja. Toda la familia se... 

Marquetti y su Deuda de oro

Entre los grandes del bolero cubano está el compositor Luis Marquetti Marquetti. Marquetti comenzó su carrera autoral en 1941 con el tema A ti madrecita mía, una canción bolero que quedó registrada en marzo del ese año. Su estreno ocurrió en la Escuela Primaria Número 1 de Alquízar, su pueblo natal,  por su discípula Orlaida Vidal, y poco después fue difundida en la radio por Juanito Garro,... 

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,... 

Recordemos al Pintor melódico de Cuba

Decir Julio Valdés-Brito Ibáñez quizás para muchos no signifique nada, pero si aclaramos que es el nombre oficial de Julio Brito, y que este criollo de pura cepa nació en La Habana el 21de enero de 1908, entonces vendría a la memoria de la inmensa mayoría de los cubanos el creador de muchos temas musicales dedicados a nuestra campiña, entre estos la inmortal guajira El amor de mi bohío, estrenada...