“Krudas Cubensi” in Havana – 2014 (Part II)

November 24, 2014 | No Comments »

“Las Krudas” – warriors that never stop repeating” RESPECT! LOVE!” – share with us their experience as powerful Hip Hop musicians, poets and combatants for respect for women, black people, vegans and queers.

Cubans Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona Win 3 Latin Grammys with “Bailando”

November 21, 2014 | No Comments »

“Bailando” (Dancing), the popular theme of Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias and the Cubans Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, was the big winner at the gala of the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas on Thursday evening.

Cuban Folk Musician Alito Abad’s Green Musings

November 20, 2014 | No Comments »

Alito Abad (Holguin, 1982) is one of Cuba’s youngest contemporary folk musicians today. The lyrics of his songs reflect a penetrating gaze. It is as though the country, the historic drama of Cuban identity and the most pressing issues of our reality today were singing in his pieces.

Cuba’s 2014 JoJazz Festival Awards

November 19, 2014 | No Comments »

The competition of Havana’s JoJazz Festival this year was held in the Avenida theater located in Havana’s neighborhood of Marianao, a small but cozy place that has the acoustics that an event of this nature requires. Here is our photo feature and the list of the winners. (57 photos)

Listening to Calle 13 in Cuba

November 17, 2014 | 1 Comment »

No other form of artistic expression has as many variations as music. I must confess I am rather prejudiced when it comes to musical preferences. Sometimes, however, I manage to tear free from my habits and undertake a journey across the vast universe of musical genres.

“Krudas Cubensi” in Havana – 2014

November 16, 2014 | No Comments »

“Las Krudas!” Female rappers, who have become part of the Cuban diaspora, but who remain in good standing in their native land, reconnect with their memories to tell us about who they were, and who they are today.

Tribute to Juan Formell and Los Van Van

November 14, 2014 | 1 Comment »

I knew about the Los Van Van from the very beginning since the orchestra was formed in December 1969, when their songs started to become part of the daily life of Cubans on the island. Back then, I was a skinny little kid, all head and teeth and nothing more. The name of the group came out of the popular enthusiasm generated by the challenge of harvesting 10 million tons of sugarcane in 1970.

Havana’s 2014 JoJazz Festival: Contests, Concerts & Jam Sessions

November 11, 2014 | 1 Comment »

A concert dedicated to the works of musician Pablo Milanes will open this year’s JoJazz festival in Havana on Thursday. Havana’s Lazaro Peña Theater will welcome artists William Roblejo, Rolando Luna, Aire de Concierto, Zule Guerra, Yanet Valdes, Sexto Sentido and others.

Irish Folk Musician Mick Moloney Performs in Cuba

November 7, 2014 | No Comments »

The Irish folk musician Mick Moloney performs today at the Cuban Art Factory in Havana, the first of two concerts. He will be accompanied by local groups of bagpipers and tap dancers, reported Prensa Latina.

Cuba’s “Duo Karma” and their Longing

November 7, 2014 | No Comments »

Since 1999, Xochitl Galan and Fito Hernandez’ of Duo Karma have aimed to “fuse different genres as part of a search of ethnic sounds from different cultures.” Their work for children, where they have collaborated regularly with singer-songwriter Rita del Prado, is also noteworthy.