A Cuban Singer Triumphs in Angola

October 9, 2015 | No Comments »

Having finished recording her most recent album with an African label, Cuban musician Lindiana Murphy treats us to a wholly new experience and pieces that have already earned acclaim among listeners on the island. “The women in Angola were the ones who taught me the most,” said Lindiana in her interview with HT.

A Night of Cuban and US Hip Hop in Havana

October 5, 2015 | 1 Comment »

“A bit of music, a bit of music!” DJ Neurys exclaims after going on stage and getting behind the synthesizers. All the way from Minneapolis, Manny Bhefto asks people to clap: “What’s up, Havana?” It’s Friday night at Havana’s Fabrica de Arte Cubano, a venue of the Les Voix Humaines Festival.

Mick Jagger Makes “Private” Visit to Cuba

October 5, 2015 | No Comments »

Preparing for a concert in Cuba? Mick Jagger, the leader of the famous British band The Rolling Stones, is visiting the Caribbean island, reports dpa news on Monday. The Stones are hoping to hold their first concert in Havana next Spring.

Sony Music Signs with Cuba

September 16, 2015 | No Comments »

Sony Music Entertainment and the Empresa de Grabaciones y Ediciones Musicales (EGREM) signed a historical agreement on Tuesday in Havana that will allow many Cuban musicians and recordings to enter the international market through the wide door of the US music industry.

Medieval Music in Cuba

September 16, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I’ve been alerting readers to the imminence of a major, worldwide crisis for years now. Those of us concerned with this issue have a special interest in the Middle Ages, as we believe that a global crisis could bring about another Dark Age. After thinking about this for long, I came across a group of young Cubans who perform medieval music. Ensemble Medieval Lauda granted me an interview.

The Music of Cuban Folk Singer Frank Delgado Bridges Generations

September 3, 2015 | No Comments »

“I don’t like folk music, I like Frank Delgado,” a young man standing by the entrance to the Fine Arts Museum said. Others close to him wondered how a line of people for a Frank Delgado concert could be so orderly.

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.