Con-Trastes: Two Women and Their Guitars

April 14, 2014 | No Comments »

The novel and interesting performances of Zuleida Suarez and Susana Frade – two soloists who have come together as a music duo – have already earned them renown on the island. “Sacrifice is part of the life of any musician,” one of them tells me during their interview for Havana Times.

Maikel Echevarria: Making Music in Cuba

April 11, 2014 | No Comments »

Maikel Echevarría (known by his stage name “Kelly-es”) is a Cuban reggaeton singer. A vocalist for the band Manana Reggae, he tells us that, though most passionate about reggaeton, he also enjoys merengue, house and cumbia.

Cuba Needs to Unleash Creative Energy

March 28, 2014 | 6 comments

Michael A. Lebowitz, Canadian economist and professor at the Simon Frazer University in Vancouver, answered our questions regarding: Socialism and the Party, the New State from the bottom up, cooperatives and self-management, Cuba and its economy.

Enid Rosales: Forging a New Musical Direction

March 19, 2014 | No Comments »

A young woman on the Tres, a traditional Cuban instrument, presents us with her album which she’s made with the help of friends. “I’ve always accompanied many top Cuban musicians,” she says in this interview with HT.

Cuba: Pro Choice or Pro Life?

March 12, 2014 | 3 comments

A number of articles on the complex issue of abortion in Cuba (where it is legal) were recently published in HT. I wanted to hear the opinion of a representative of the Catholic church – an institution that has traditionally opposed abortion and has been gradually reclaiming its influence in Cuba’s public sphere.

Cuba: Envisioning the End to Dual Currency

March 10, 2014 | 1 Comment »

One day, so far unknown but probably closer than imagined, will be “Day Zero” for the start of the process of monetary unification foretold in 2011 by the economic reforms of the Cuban government. Economist Pavel Vidal gives us his view as to how it may all unfold.

Venezuela’s Maduro Interviewed by CNN

March 9, 2014 | No Comments »

Having thus far withstood nearly a month of protests, some of which that ended in violence with 20 dead, hundreds injured and hundreds of arrests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has gone full circle in his threats and retractions regarding the CNN network.

Artist Demands Internet Access for all Cubans

March 4, 2014 | 4 comments

Aldo Menendez is a Cuban artist who left Cuba in 1991 and currently lives in Spain. There, he has organized a campaign “Raul Castro: Unrestricted Internet Access for all Cubans.” In Cuba, he was a member of the ArteCalle group and, in Miami, he created the visual arts space La Clinica del Arte (“The Art Clinic”). He is also the author of the book La Obra Entornada (“Half-Open Works”) and the blog Castor Jabao.

A Cuban’s 15 years in China (Part 3)

March 2, 2014 | 1 Comment »

After discussing the evolution of today’s China, Isidro Estrada expresses his hope for Cuba: “What I want for Cuba is the positive part of the Chinese changes: more prosperity and development, more freedom and options in general, so that the citizens can once again become protagonists.”

Alejandro Calzadilla: A Young and Innovative Cuban Clarinetist

February 23, 2014 | No Comments »

A clarinetist and great improviser, Alejandro Calzadilla is a talented musician who can take on anything from the conventional to the most artistically free expressions. “Creating music in a spontaneous fashion is something marvelous for me,” he said during his interview for Havana Times.