Cuban Author Pedro Juan Gutierrez Launches New Novel

September 16, 2015 | 4 comments

In different ways, Pedro Juan Gutierrez offers us a self-portrait in each of his books. On this occasion, he intentionally announces it with the title of Fabian y el caos (“Fabian and Chaos”), his most recent novel, just launched in Spain. Published by Anagrama, the novel scrutinizes a past more distant than the one tackled in the author’s Dirty Havana Trilogy.

Medieval Music in Cuba

September 16, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I’ve been alerting readers to the imminence of a major, worldwide crisis for years now. Those of us concerned with this issue have a special interest in the Middle Ages, as we believe that a global crisis could bring about another Dark Age. After thinking about this for long, I came across a group of young Cubans who perform medieval music. Ensemble Medieval Lauda granted me an interview.

Cuban Jazz Musician Bellita and Her Band

September 14, 2015 | No Comments »

Pianist, composer, percussionist and singer Bellita – one of Cuba’s leading jazz musicians – is the director of a quartet founded in 1997 that has performed at important venues around the world.

Havana: Uniting Peoples through Food

September 8, 2015 | 3 comments

If you want to try something different and experience a wider range of tastes, head over to El Burrito Habanero (“Havana Burritos”), at the intersection of 23 and G streets. The restaurant was recommended to me three years ago by a fellow blogger. We interview the owner Javier Martinez. (16 photos)

Theater: A Young Cuban’s Lifeboat

August 31, 2015 | 2 comments

I tried to commit suicide. I was studying computer sciences at a technical institute and didn’t want to be there, I felt I was drowning. I don’t know what would have become of me without the theater, explains Adonis Milan. (22 photos)

US-Cuba: The Challenge Posed by a New Relationship

August 20, 2015 | 9 comments

During five decades of confrontation between the USA and Cuba, there were periods of top-secret contacts, periods ruled by an absolute freeze, and others when threats ran high.

Interview with Cuban Graffiti Artist Yulier P.15

August 18, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Yulier Rodriguez makes an effort to greet us at every corner of the city with one of his doodles. The obscure beings he paints occupy a space between parody, mockery, social critique and power mechanisms. They cover large sections of walls, populating every nook and cranny, intrusively taking over the urban landscape.

US Raises Flag in Cuba After 54 Years (Video)

August 14, 2015 | No Comments »

The United States and Cuba are taking the next step in restoring diplomatic relations with each other as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Havana Friday to attend a ceremony marking the reopening of the U.S. Embassy there.

Luis Barbería and Cuba’s Habana Abierta

August 5, 2015 | No Comments »

One of the powerful voices of Cuba’s controversial band Habana Abierta has returned to the island to record a solo album with the Egrem label. Titled “A Full”, its songs received the Cubadisco 2015 Fusion award.

Cuba’s Ana Lobe: The Ballet Star of Her Generation

July 23, 2015 | No Comments »

Cuban ballet will forever remember Ana Lobe, a ballerina who has lived outside the island for years. Blessed with exceptional charisma, her impressive physical presence and the sophistication of her techniques made her shine on stage.