Yoyo Ibarra’s Popular Cuban Music

May 11, 2016 | No Comments »

Following his dance music debut with the piece Olvidame (“Forget Me”), one of the songs played most regularly on Cuban radio and television in 2015, the young singer-songwriter Yoyo Ibarra formed his own band, made up of 13 recent music graduates.

Soneros All Star: Traditional Cuban Music with a Twist

May 4, 2016 | No Comments »

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.

Paquito D’Rivera and Chucho Valdes Together at the White House (Video)

May 3, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Paquito D’Rivera and Chucho Valdes got together at the White House with President Barack Obama, to perform the jazz that has turned them into legends around the world. International Jazz Day was also an opportunity to reaffirm the friendship of two renowned Cubans who have had misunderstandings and conflicts since 1981

Innovative Music Event in Santiago de Cuba on May 4-6

May 2, 2016 | No Comments »

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.

My Rolling Stones Concert in Havana

April 1, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I decided to get a plane ticket to Havana whichever way I could the same I day the Rolling Stones concert was confirmed on the news. Incredibly, I had the ticket two days later. I was worried my visit would coincide with Obama’s arrival on the island. Luckily, I arrived a day later. (26 photos)

Cuban Trombonist Eudardo Sandoval’s New Album

April 1, 2016 | No Comments »

Young Cuban trombone player Eduardo Sandoval is launching a new album, produced by Cuba’s EGREM label. “I am more of a performer than an accompanying instrumentalist,” he told HT in his interview.

What Bob Marley Can Teach Us about Donald Trump

March 31, 2016 | No Comments »

If Bob Marley was alive today he would denounce – using the strongest, most acerbic terms – the leading Republican candidate for President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. A small sampling of Marley’s discography and musical mainstays evidence the disdain the reggae star would have held for the billionaire mogul.

Cuba’s Number One Arranger

March 30, 2016 | No Comments »

Demetrio Muñiz is a Cuban musician with an extensive career behind him. He has worked as an arranger in many of Cuba’s most renowned music projects and albums. “Everything can be Cubanized,” he tells Havana Times.

Stones Bid Farewell to Cuba after Landmark Mega-Concert

March 26, 2016 | 2 comments

The Rolling Stones performed for the first time in Havana, Cuba on Friday night before hundreds of thousands of fans. The gig with the veteran performers of the legendary rock band added to the accelerated opening of the country to the outside world.

The Rolling Stones Perform Tonight in Havana

March 25, 2016 | 4 comments

The Rolling Stones hold their first concert ever in Cuba tonight at the Havana Sports City grounds. The outdoor event is set for 8:30 p.m. and is free.