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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A group of US musicians of wind instruments will arrive in Cuba on May first, on a 10.day cultural exchange, reported CubaDebate.
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 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 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.