The year was 1995. The Cuban economy was in shambles, and so were people. Suicide figures skyrocketed, until we were seeing more than 2 thousand cases every year and the phenomenon became a statistically significant cause of death.
After the accords announced on December 17, one issue being discussed is whether to retain the Cuban Adjustment Act, which allows citizens from the island, whether they have another citizenship or not, to normalize their status as permanent residents after spending 1 year and one day on US soil.
Though coming from an academic background, Jose Gavilondo has become an arranger for renowned folk musicians in Cuba. “Every piece is a completely new challenge,” he tells us in his interview for Havana Times.
Today we interview Mariela Flores and Miguel Angel Wong, the directors of the band Manane, people whom music and life has brought together. “Independent productions have proven to be the quickest and most effective way of making music,” they tell us.
Today we bring you a one hour special program analyzing the announcements on Wednesday by US President Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro on the results of secret talks held for months by the two administrations with assistance from Pope Francis.
Today, we approach the new generation keeping the music legacy of a legendary Cuban band alive – a band currently directed by Esteban Bravo. “With those instruments alone, they made the entire world dance.”
People! We bring you…”Las Krudas”. Cuban rappers, part of the exile community since 2006, visiting – as always – their beloved Cuba. These womanists, queer activists and combatants for respect for others tell us of their experiences through their Vegan eyes.
Jose Armando Cabrera Soler, 51 years old, sells coffee at a bus terminal in Pinar del Rio. His business shouldn’t be something “out of this world”, but, in a society like ours, it is.
Young Cuban painter Miguel Angel Quintana Amador has found the visual elements for his works in the legacy of prima ballerina Alicia Alonso and ballet, understood as a world of expression. “I don’t cling to new tendencies, I paint on impulse.”