Though coming from an academic background, Jose Gavilondo has become an arranger for renowned folk musicians in Cuba. “Every piece is a completely new challenge,” he tells us in his interview for Havana Times.
Old Havana residents and visitors are treated to agreeable surprises from time to time. The sound of trumpets and drums reached me from the other end of the square from a book launching I had gone to. (17 photos)
Today we interview Mariela Flores and Miguel Angel Wong, the directors of the band Manane, people whom music and life has brought together. “Independent productions have proven to be the quickest and most effective way of making music,” they tell us.
Charly Aliaga is a folk singer from Cuba’s eastern province of Granma whose songs cast a critical glance at the problems we face, using the city, the country’s institutions and daily life as his main referents.
During the recently concluded Jazz Plaza 2014 festival several new venues took part in the event. One of those was the Pabellon Cuba facility; various reasons made it an option to consider. These included the location the time and the price. (21 photos)
The song is inspired by the daily routines of Cuba’s working class. The neighbor, the singer, the woman who asks for a lift at the street corner, all are faces of the same thing: different ways of facing up to the need of earning one’s daily bread.
Today, we approach the new generation keeping the music legacy of a legendary Cuban band alive – a band currently directed by Esteban Bravo. “With those instruments alone, they made the entire world dance.”
Nelson Valdes is a young folk musician from Cienfuegos. His albums include A la mitad del mundo (“To Half of the World”, recorded live and produced by the Hermanos Saiz Association in 2008) and Besitos de escalera (“Stairwell Kisses”, produced by the label Colibri).
People! We bring you…”Las Krudas”. Cuban rappers, part of the exile community since 2006, visiting – as always – their beloved Cuba. These womanists, queer activists and combatants for respect for others tell us of their experiences through their Vegan eyes.
According to some composers, making music in Cuba is a difficult task. They tell us the streets are too noisy: people yell instead of talking and place speakers in such a way that whatever they play is heard by the entire street. It is common for bus drivers to set their stereos to the highest volume, cars (mostly old) make a huge racket and sound their horns excessively.