Dariela Aquique’s Diary


Cuban Musician Lucia Huergo Dies

May 4, 2015 | No Comments »

May 1st became another terrible day for Cuban music. Juan Formell leader of Los Van Van, passed away one year ago and, on the same day this year, Lucia Huergo, one of the most notable figures of Cuban music, left the scene forever.




Things I Would Prefer Not to See and Hear in the News

April 22, 2015 | 10 comments

When I arrived in the United States for the first time last summer, it had only been nine days since Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black man, had been tragically killed in New York, after a police officer had put him in a chokehold following his detention.




Remembering Gunter Grass in Cuba

April 15, 2015 | 1 Comment »

It is as though Aries came along with its fire to take two literary greats from us. In the early morning of Monday, we heard of the passing of Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano and, in the afternoon, at the other end of the world, of the death of German novelist Gunter Grass.




Shows Dealing with Curious News

April 4, 2015 | 9 comments

What happened in Santiago de Cuba some days ago is worthy of an episode of Puerto Rican host Maria Celeste’s sensationalist show Al Rojo Vivo (“Red Hot”). Let’s discuss the issue of these types of programs.




Cuba’s Civil Society Forum is a Joke

March 28, 2015 | 39 comments

When they announced on TV that a Cuban Civil Society Forum was being held in Havana and that panel discussions would take place at Casa de las Americas and Casa del ALBA, I couldn’t help but laugh.




A Documentary on Cuban Legend Omara Portuondo

March 24, 2015 | 3 comments

The documentary “Omara: Cuba” premiered on Cuban television some days ago. The film documents the 70-year artistic career of the “queen of feeling” or Buena Vista Social Club Diva, as the renowned singer Omara Portuondo is known.




Eastern Cuba’s “Pru”: A Unique Beverage

March 17, 2015 | No Comments »

To a foreigner who pays Cuba’s east-laying provinces a visit, the word “pru” means absolutely nothing – but only until a hospitable local offers them a glass of this unique fermented beverage which has become part of the island’s traditions.




Fatima, a Cuban Film

March 11, 2015 | No Comments »

“Fatima or el Parque de la Fraternidad” does not aim to be a daring film. It merely tells a story, a personal drama. It won’t be one of the unforgettables of Cuban cinema but it’s worth seeing.




Reinventing Cuban Culture

February 18, 2015 | 4 comments

The other day, I read somewhere that Abel Prieto, President Raul Castro’s advisor and Cuba’s former Minister of Culture, had expressed concerns over what he calls the “Americanization” of culture.




What the Cuban Press Says and How it Says It

January 14, 2015 | 2 comments

As we know, obtaining reliable information in Cuba is a problem because the media – all of them controlled by the government, only report what they want to and do so in accordance with their interests.