Cuba: Tearing Down Barriers (Part II)

September 8, 2014 | 2 comments

I conducted the first half of this interview in 2012, a few months after meeting my interviewee for the first time. His partner, my friend Michel, had described him as being homophobic, complaining that, even though they had a relationship, they never went out together. Being seen with Michel, who claims he didn’t come out of the closet because he was never in it in the first place and is proud of his sexual orientation, embarrassed him.

Haydee Milanes Returns to Cuba Stages

September 3, 2014 | 2 comments

Cuban musician Haydee Milanes will soon be launching her new album, dedicated to the work of one of the island’s most respected composers. “It is a great honor to be among those invited to participate at this prestigious festival,” the young singer told HT.

“Cubamerican” Doc. Premieres in Miami

September 3, 2014 | 2 comments

This Thursday, September 4, Jose Enrique Pardo’s documentary “Cubamerican” will premiere in Miami. The film, includes interviews with renowned Cubans such as ballet star Lorena Feijoo, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba & actor Andy Garcia.

Jassiel Palenzuela: A Young Cuban Painter

August 30, 2014 | No Comments »

Jassiel Palenzuela is a Cuban contemporary visual artist. “Plurality and diverse ways of making and taking on art, that may be the posture that defines this generation,” he said during his interview with Havana Times.

The Human Voice of the Classical Guitar

August 29, 2014 | No Comments »

Christina Sandsengen is a 27-year-old Norwegian guitarist, with an impressive resume in classical guitar, an instrument she was introduced to at the age of 15. Her Barbie-looking photo on the cover of her CD had made me see her as a sophisticated, almost cold, woman quite different from the sensitive, thoughtful person I had the chance to interview.

Santiago de Cuba Sculptor & Yoga Student Eliecer Guerrero

August 27, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Eliecer Guerrero is not known to most, but those who visit the El Cobre sanctuary in Santiago de Cuba cannot overlook the many kiosks selling copper pieces, candles, flowers & small, wooden Caridad del Cobre virgins sold along the city’s main street. He was one of the first to sell these items. (48 photos)

Israel Rojas of Buena Fe: “You share the fate of your country”

August 17, 2014 | 3 comments

Music inundated this part of Havana, the melodies of Buena Fe and the melodious voice of Israel Rojas, the group’s leader, were recognizable. This young man seems ready to talk about Cuba at any time.

Elain Morales: With Love from Cuba

August 13, 2014 | No Comments »

Elain Morales is a Cuban singer who has taken several international venues by storm and made a career for himself in the United States. “They say no one is a prophet in their own land,” he tells us during his interview for Havana Times.

Daniel Noriega: A Cuban Surgeon and Vocalist

August 9, 2014 | No Comments »

One of the male members of Cuba’s Coro Vocal Leo choir, tenor soloist Daniel Noriega, also holds a medical degree and practices plastic surgery. Would one think the two careers are compatible?

An Initiation to Santeria in Cuba

August 8, 2014 | 5 comments

I’ve known Leosnel Aguilar Padron for more than ten years. I never suspected he would one day become initiated to Santeria. I found out days after he’d gone through the ritual, and I found it so curious I decided to ask him some questions about it. When I arrived at his house, I found him in the company of his Oyirbona, Ambar del Carmen, the person who must be present at all of the initiation ceremonies. She joined our conversation.