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Musical Logbook. Music is the result of historical circumstances

Flag of the July 26 Movement, organized by Fidel Castro Beautiful songs of traditional Trova were written in times of self-recognition and self-reaffirmation. War times produce songs that call and invite to battle and heroism. Bandera del Movimiento 26 de Julio, que organizara Fidel Castro Ruz. The 1868 liberation quest had La Bayamesa, which turned national anthem. The campaign from East to West... 

Heidi Igualada: una voz con estrategia de ternura

La trova en Cuba ha tenido la fortuna, casi desde sus inicios, de que las mujeres no se hayan quedado a la saga de sus homólogos del sexo masculino. Incluso, más de una buena voz femenina ha dejado su huella a lo largo de nuestra historia trovadoresca. Heidi Igualada, trovadora cubana.Foto tomada de Internet A los nombres de María Teresa Vera y Marta Valdés, se unieron los de Sara González, Miriam... 

Heidi Igualada: a voice whose tenderness is a strategy

Havana, Cuba. – Fortunately, since the outset of Cuban Trova, women have not lagged behind their male peers. More than one great female voice has left its mark in the history of our Trova. Sara Gonzalez, Miriam Ramos and then Marta Campos eventually joined great Maria Teresa Vera and Marta Valdes. In the 1980’s, Liuba Maria Hevia and Heidi Igualada carried on with the tradition. The latter possesses... 

Canciones cubanas con textos de José Martí

¿Las canciones de Martí? Se preguntará el internauta. ¿No es José Martí, el Héroe Nacional de Cuba, escritor, político, abogado? ¿O fue también músico? Canciones cubanas con textos de José Martí. Foto Internet Perdón amigo lector pero, ¿quién no escucha música al recitar los Versos Sencillos? “La bailarina española” es una tonadilla; “Por donde abunda la malva”,... 

Las canciones que Silvio Rodríguez dedicó al Che

Las canciones más extraordinarias dedicadas a Ernesto Che Guevara, el guerrillero heroico de Nuestra América, son  admiración hecha música por el cantautor Silvio Rodríguez, figura cimera del Movimiento de la Nueva Trova Cubana. Las canciones que Silvio Rodríguez dedicó al Che. Foto Internet Conmocionado por su muerte en Bolivia, escribió  “La era está pariendo un corazón”. El tema... 

The songs that Silvio Rodriguez dedicated to Che

Havana, Cuba. – The most extraordinary songs dedicated to Ernesto Che Guevara, the heroic guerrilla fighter of Our America are admiration turned into music. They were written by singer/songwriter Silvio Rodriguez, one of the highest personalities of Cuban New Song Movement. Las canciones que Silvio Rodríguez dedicó al Che. Foto Internet Shocked by Che Guevara’s death in Bolivia, he wrote... 

Singing to the Homeland, an endless vocation

Havana, Cuba. – Cubans carry Revolution and music in their souls. We have quivered with emotion before songs that touch the patriotic core of their creators and of those who cherish them. In this joyful date, I must recall some songs that have been passed on from generation to generation. Fidel Castro en el Turquino. Foto tomada de Internet I remember when my mother used to sing to me, “Back... 

La diva de la nueva trova cubana

Su nombre está ligado a la creación del Movimiento de la Nueva Trova cubana junto a Silvio Rodríguez y Pablo Milanés, considerándola una de sus principales exponentes. Ella siempre está en la memoria colectiva Sara González, la Diva de la trova cubana. Foto tomada de Internet Y lo hará, sobre todo, a través de dos temas que inmortalizó en su voz… Porque será irrepetible la interpretación... 

The diva of Cuban Nueva Trova

Havana, Cuba. – Her name is bound to the foundation of Cuban Nueva Trova Movement, next to Silvio Rodriguez and Pablo Milanes. She is considered one of its highest exponents and lives forever in the collective memory. Sara González, la Diva de la trova cubana. Foto tomada de Internet And she will live on, mainly through two songs that became immortal in her voice. Nothing can match the way she... 

Marta Valdes, over half a century of musical history

Havana, Cuba. – She is a genuine representative of her time and an uncompromising artist. “Her music is as plain as running water, strong as righteous, straightforward, thinking and accurate as a bow whose arrow strikes the heart of sensibility.” Marta Valdes. Photo: Silvio Rodríguez Marta Valdes was born in Havana, on July 6, 1934. She began her path in music as a woman wishing to express...