Luis Barbería and Cuba’s Habana Abierta

August 5, 2015 | No Comments »

One of the powerful voices of Cuba’s controversial band Habana Abierta has returned to the island to record a solo album with the Egrem label. Titled “A Full”, its songs received the Cubadisco 2015 Fusion award.

New Nina Simone Film Captures Singer and Activist’s Uncompromising Voice

June 24, 2015 | 4 comments

As the Black Lives Matter movement grows across the country and the the nation mourns the death of the nine worshipers killed at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, we look back at the life of one of the most important voices of the civil rights movement: the singer Nina Simone, known as the High Priestess of Soul. While Simone died in 2003, a new documentary, “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” sheds light on her music and politics.

Willy Chirino: “I feel tremendous nostalgia for Cuba”

June 23, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Serene and with a very soft tone of voice, composer, arranger, singer-songwriter and winner of the 2014 Latin Grammy Music Excellence Award, Willy Chirino, the music legend, was today another Cuban émigré telling us of his life, his experiences, his successes and his nostalgia.

Ruly Herrera: Cuba’s Top Young Jazz Drummer

June 17, 2015 | No Comments »

His first album exposes us to his work as an instrumentalist and composer. It earned him the 2015 Cubadisco Jazz and Making-Of awards. Titled Mal Tiempo (“Bad Weather”), Ruly Herrera’s album – and career – are the focus of our interview.

The Magic Hands of Cuban Pianist Mauricio Vallina

June 10, 2015 | 2 comments

Mauricio Vallina, educated between the island and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky, and probably the hottest Cuban concert pianist on the international scene right now, is returning to play in his homeland. “I consider myself above all else a romantic pianist”, he told us in his HT interview.

LGBT Establishments in Havana Booming

June 8, 2015 | No Comments »

The Cuban government’s economic restructuring policies have in part afforded the population opportunities to secure licenses for businesses aimed at a sexually diverse public. Clubs and discos that once operated in the shadows no longer do so, and these are becoming more numerous and visible, especially in the capital.

The Minnesota Orchestra Plays Cuba

May 15, 2015 | 7 comments

The Minnesota Orchestra began a tour of several days to Cuba on Thursday, where the well-known US symphonic band will perform two concerts to participate in the political rapprochement between Cuba and the United States.

US Musicians Headed for Cuba

April 27, 2015 | No Comments »

A group of US musicians of wind instruments will arrive in Cuba on May first, on a cultural exchange, reported CubaDebate.

A Voice for Young Art in Cuba

April 25, 2015 | No Comments »

Gustavo Gonzalez (alias G-Rhymes) is one of the organizers of Mision Calle (Street Mission) and one of the young artists behind the album Pedazo de Cielo (“A Slice of Heaven”). “We are a kind of independent production company that aims to promote certain values through the arts.”

Iya Mezenova: A Russian-Born Cuban Flutist

April 16, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Iya Mezenova is an established concert musician who, having developed her artistic career in Cuba, carries the great musical talent of the legendary performers of her native land. “I moved to Cuba when I was six years old.”