For the longest time, “contemporary music” was for me synonymous with unbearable music, or, at least, a kind of music that wasn’t meant for the ears of someone like me, who is not an expert and doesn’t have any in-depth knowledge about music. Because of this, I hadn’t attended the Havana Contemporary Music Festival again since 2001. (26 photos)
Maikel Castillo, known as DKNO (“The Dean”) in the Cuban rap scene, tells us about his interest in the rap genre and about the “consequences of telling the truth without mincing one’s words.” He said he sings about social issues, for the most part, problems around the world.
The prominent Cuban musician Juan Formell, director of Los Van Van, will attend the ceremony of the Latin Grammy Awards on November 21, where he will receive the award for Musical Excellence, Prensa Latina reported.
The XVI JoJazz Contest 2013 opens its session today in the Cuban capital until November 17th. Participants up to 30 years of age will compete, and there will be several guest performances, reported Prensa Latina.
Cuba’s En Clave de Rumba (“Rumba Rhythms”) project connects people who are seeking exposure for the genre, people with many years of experience, some of whom have never achieved recognition as rumba musicians and for whom this music is their lives. Musicologist Cary Diez, tells us about the initiative.
Cuban musicians Yusa and Yissy Garcia took the stage together for the first time at a concert held in Old Havana’s Plaza Vieja to close the Ellas Crean (“Women in the Arts”) Festival. (26 photos)
I could never hear the voice of Celia Cruz (1925-2003) on a radio station in Cuba. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to. It seems that the Cuban government’s motives , while not explicitly explained anywhere, are reduced to not publishing or allowing airspace to those artists and intellectuals who criticize them or who are opposed to his government.
“It’s him, he’s going to play!” some surprised members of the audience exclaimed on seeing renowned Cuban musician Leo Brouwer walk on stage, after many years of being absent from Cuba’s stage as a performer. (24 photos)
Hello, I will be in Havana between November 20th and December 6th, this year. Where could I find a calendar of events of interest for that period or for current activities, since I intend to travel often to Cuba.
The Rumba can be found everywhere in Cuba: on the corner, on a Sunday afternoon, when a group of friends get together and beat out the rhythm on the chairs, or on the domino table; in a patio of Havana or Matanzas; or in the crowded poor neighborhood housing of Santiago or Guantanamo.