A new music initiative has been born on the island. It has the magic of an aged rum or a robust cigar. Gathered under the direction of young double-bass player Pedro Pablo Gutierrez, renowned musicians with solid careers in such bands as Buena Vista Social Club and Afrocuba All Star have brought their creative efforts together.
The most recent video to shock the world, revealing the hidden face of a society in a state of decomposition, is not exceptional. What’s different today is the fact cell phones have proliferated to all corners of the globe combined with Internet access.
European glamor and luxury brought a new air to Havana with the catwalk of Chanel models on the Prado Promenade in Old Havana on Tuesday evening, something unthinkable before rapprochement with the United States.
In a move to strengthen government controls over the island’s economic life, the Castro administration announced Tuesday price limits on agricultural staples from sweet potatoes and bananas to beans at the markets where most Cubans shop.
The fact the train left on time was truly out of the ordinary. It departed at exactly 4 in the morning. I didn’t know whether it was an unwritten rule followed by the Ministry of Transportation or negligence on behalf of those responsible for the railroads, but nearly all trains in Cuba always left late.
Cuban folk music and international electronics meet in Santiago de Cuba for a three-day event at the Teatro Heredia on May 4-6. The concerts and a theoretical program are organized by Manana, a British/Cuban nonprofit organization, and local Santiago institutions including the Cuban Music Institute.
Carnival corporation’s “Adonia” cruise ship docks today in Havana, having left the port of Miami on Sunday afternoon. It is the first such vessel to arrive in Cuba from the United States in a half century.
On a superficial level, Daniel Ortega’s government takes the prize in changing things, as compared with previous governments: the center of Managua is as bright and cheerful as an amusement park. Many have been seduced by this brilliant and eccentric make-up and this new version of a popular piñata in which they give away sheets of zinc roofing, production bonuses, graduation bonuses and parties.
An impassioned voice calls on the Cuban people to take part in the May Day parade in a show of involvement and “conscious” support for the government and its leaders. The voice seems to forget one detail.
The 7th Congress appeared to reflect the political debate taking place behind the scenes between those communists who wish to preserve a Soviet-styled form of socialism and the other communists who wish to move forward towards a model that is closer to China’s and Vietnam’s.