Music


Happy in Havana (Cuban version)

September 22, 2014 | 2 comments

A Made-in-Cuba version of the video clip “Happy,” by U.S. musician Pharrell Williams is circulating on the social networks and the alternative weekly audiovisual package.




Cuban Folk Musician Irina Gonzalez: Communion with the Earth

September 18, 2014 | No Comments »

Irina Gonzalez (Santa Clara, Cuba, 1986) is a young and talented folk musician who stands out both for her mastery of several instruments and the poetic sensitivity she evinces in her lyrics. She graduated as an oboe-player, but she also plays the flute, the harmonica, the piano, percussion instruments and – of course – the guitar.




Cuba’s “Salsa Doctor”: “I Won’t Praise Fidel Castro”

September 5, 2014 | 3 comments

Cuban singer Manuel González, popularly known as the Medico de la Salsa (“The Salsa Doctor”), declared in Miami that he has returned to Cuba to exercise his rights as a free citizen and that he is unwilling to sing Fidel Castro praises to be allowed to live peacefully in his country.




Haydee Milanes Returns to Cuba Stages

September 3, 2014 | 2 comments

Cuban musician Haydee Milanes will soon be launching her new album, dedicated to the work of one of the island’s most respected composers. “It is a great honor to be among those invited to participate at this prestigious festival,” the young singer told HT.




Beyonce and Jay-Z will not be punished for visiting Cuba

August 22, 2014 | 40 comments

Beyonce and Jay-Z did not violate US sanctions against Cuba by traveling to the island last year, according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General of the US Treasury Department.




Israel Rojas of Buena Fe: “You share the fate of your country”

August 17, 2014 | 3 comments

Music inundated this part of Havana, the melodies of Buena Fe and the melodious voice of Israel Rojas, the group’s leader, were recognizable. This young man seems ready to talk about Cuba at any time.




The Havana Seawall the Morning After

August 16, 2014 | No Comments »

After a night of partying, solitude reigns in the morning along the Havana “malecon” seawall. The 2014 Havana Carnival continues this weekend, ending Sunday night with the awards and live concerts both tonight and tomorrow. (15 photos)




Returning to Havana’s Delirio Habanero Cabaret

August 13, 2014 | No Comments »

This past Saturday, I went to the piano-bar located in Cuba’s National Theater, a place a lot of people in Havana known as the Delirio Habanero. I hadn’t visited the place in five years. To my pleasant surprise, the place made a positive impression on me when I arrived.




Daniel Noriega: A Cuban Surgeon and Vocalist

August 9, 2014 | No Comments »

One of the male members of Cuba’s Coro Vocal Leo choir, tenor soloist Daniel Noriega, also holds a medical degree and practices plastic surgery. Would one think the two careers are compatible?




Cuba-infused Women’s Jazz at Canadian Festival

August 7, 2014 | 2 comments

I recently had a delightful taste of Cuban music right in my own Canadian back yard. This wonderful concert starred Jane Bunnett and her all-woman band, Maqueque, who were brought to our local Algonquin Theatre stage by the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, during their annual August jazz weekend. (11 photos)