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Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White: A virtuoso of Cuban music

Havana, Cuba. – This illustrious Cuban already knew and played 16 musical instruments in his early childhood, including violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, piano, guitar and the flute. José White: Uno de los virtuosos de la música cubana He was born on Matanzas on December 31 1835 and gave his first concert in his hometown in March 1855. The following year he won the first prize in the... 

Pedrito Calvo: an excellent human being

Havana, Cuba. – When Pedrito Calvo finished singing in a TV program a few days ago, the anchorperson congratulated him affectionately and with admiration. The reason was that last April 17 he had celebrated his birthday. Watching the popular singer and former member of the worldwide famous Cuban orchestra “Los VanVan”, I wondered if his fans knew what this man I have known for so long was really... 

Lino Borges: The romantic voice of bolero

Havana, Cuba. – Severo Alberto Borges, known in the world of music as Lino Borges, would have turned 79 last August 8. He was born in 1933 in the coastal town of Batabano, current province of Mayabeque. Lino Borges, bolerista cubano. Foto tomada de Internet With only 16 years, he became a professional singer and joined different orchestras and bands, including Universal, from Melena del Sur, Casablanca,... 

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,... 

Lourdes Torres: indispensable to Cuban Music

Havana, Cuba. – The name of Lourdes Margarita Torres may sound unknown to most. However, if we just say Lourdes Torres, everyone will realize right away that it is a popular Cuban singer and songwriter with an amazing musical curriculum. Lourdes Torres, cantante cubana. Foto tomada de Internet She was born in Guanabacoa in 1940 and her musical career began when she was 12 years old.  She joined... 

Vicentico Valdes: “I am not the best, but people like my voice”

Havana, Cuba. – Researcher and jurist Cristobal Diaz defined the decade of 50’s of last century as fabulous years. In those days, all genres and styles were represented by dozens of songwriters and singers of remarkable quality. They encompassed practically all musical genres. In bolero, the unrivaled and unmistakable Vicentico Valdes reigned in the popular taste and transcended our frontiers. Vicentico... 

Moraima Secada: unmistakable voice and stagecraft

Havana, Cuba. – Moraima, Secada, “La Mora” (The Moorish) is an unforgettable Cuban singer, already deceased. She left unfaltering and indelible memories of her very personal style in the Cuban people. The song “Perdoname conciencia” (Forgive me conscience), written by Piloto and Vera, sung in an unrepeatable fashion, proves it beyond doubt. Moraima Secada. Fotot tomada de Internet Moraima...