Iya Mezenova: A Russian-Born Cuban Flutist

April 16, 2015 | No Comments »

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.”

Cuban Hip Hop in Panama on the Eve of the Summit of the Americas

April 6, 2015 | No Comments »

Cuban and Venezuelan hip-hop artists plan to perform in Panama on April 9, the eve of the Seventh Summit of the Americas. The Asociación Pro Arte Libre is presenting the concert.

Saxophonist Osmany Collado and Cuba’s Charanga Habanera

April 1, 2015 | No Comments »

Cuban musician and composer Osmany Collado has released an album that renders his most romantic pieces by bringing together some of the island’s most popular voices.

Cuban Jazz Artist Tonatiut Isidron Live

March 21, 2015 | No Comments »

After performing next to musicians of the stature of Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Horacio Hernandez, Orlando Sanchez and Marcos Printup, Tonatiut Isidron recently offered his first concert at Cuba’s National Fine Arts Museum. (26 photos)

“Weird” Music at Havana’s La Tropical

March 16, 2015 | No Comments »

It’s 10 at night on Friday, March 6. Two young men standing outside the entrance to Havana’s Salon Rosado cabaret ask the bouncer who will be playing that night. The man simply replies: “They’ll be playing this weird music today.”

Cuban Folk Musician Mauricio Figueiral

March 6, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Mauricio Figueiral belongs to the youngest generation of Cuban folk musicians and is quickly establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with. “You have to be courageous to do this for a living,” he tells us during his interview for Havana Times.

A Smoky Night of Jazz in Havana

March 5, 2015 | 5 comments

“Luisi, it doesn’t get better than this!” one of my friends said, pointing towards the sign over the front door. We were outside La Zorra y el Cuervo, a jazz club located on Havana’s downtown 23rd Street, between N and O streets.

HT with Brazilian Cellist Diego Carneiro

March 4, 2015 | No Comments »

His unique and virtuoso style has earned him a place among the world’s greatest cellists. “I am a loving servant of people and their traditions,” Diego Carneiro said during his interview with HT.

Diana Fuentes Begins Cuba Concert Tour

March 2, 2015 | No Comments »

La cantante cubana Diana Fuentes comenzó este fin de semana su gira nacional con un concierto en la ciudad de Cárdenas, el primero de una serie de presentaciones para promocionar su nuevo disco “Planeta Planetario”.

The Strange Case of Cuba’s Gilbert Man

February 14, 2015 | No Comments »

Cuban USB drives – the people’s Internet – are now carrying the graphic details of the massive police operation conducted some weeks ago, when the well-known reggaeton music promoter Gilbert Man (a Cuban citizen holding ID card number 86060806804, issued to Gilberto Martinez Suarez on March 14, 2014) was arrested.