Con-Trastes: Two Women and Their Guitars

April 14, 2014 | No Comments »

The novel and interesting performances of Zuleida Suarez and Susana Frade – two soloists who have come together as a music duo – have already earned them renown on the island. “Sacrifice is part of the life of any musician,” one of them tells me during their interview for Havana Times.

Maikel Echevarria: Making Music in Cuba

April 11, 2014 | No Comments »

Maikel Echevarría (known by his stage name “Kelly-es”) is a Cuban reggaeton singer. A vocalist for the band Manana Reggae, he tells us that, though most passionate about reggaeton, he also enjoys merengue, house and cumbia.

Cuban singer Laritza Bacallao to tour in USA and Europe

April 7, 2014 | No Comments »

The popular singer Laritza Bacallao is preparing a tour that will take her to several cities in the USA and Europe, announced the artist in an interview given to Radio Cadena Habana.

Silvio Rodriguez Draws 80,000 in Mexico City Free Concert

March 31, 2014 | No Comments »

Some 80 thousand spectators attended the free concert this past Saturday by Cuban singer Silvio Rodríguez in the Zocalo Square of Mexico City, reported La Jornada newspaper.

Topsy-Turvy Cuba: On Lien y Rey’s Music

March 31, 2014 | No Comments »

The pieces of Lien and Rey always seem to be impelled by the need to express something, and that “something” is never trivial. The voices of the two performers fuse perfectly and achieve a whole range of interesting tonalities, gaining and losing volume in step with the momentum of each song and driven by the search of a peculiar sound.

Cuban Rap Band Kamankola’s First Album

March 22, 2014 | No Comments »

Before it’s outlawed, music and talent will continue to find ways to reach us. Before it’s outlawed, Cuba’s Kamankola project – created and led by rapper Jorge Lian Garcia – will continue to bring us irreverent pieces. “Before It’s Outlawed” is precisely the title with which Lian has christened his first record.

Havana’s Marti Theatre on Opening Night to the Public

March 22, 2014 | 2 comments

These pictures are of what was the first public function in the newly reopened Marti Theatre in Havana. The report starts from the entrance to the theater, where the spectators were greeted by masked characters carrying candlesticks, followed by the performances and finally all the artists gathered on stage. (27 photos)

Enid Rosales: Forging a New Musical Direction

March 19, 2014 | No Comments »

A young woman on the Tres, a traditional Cuban instrument, presents us with her album which she’s made with the help of friends. “I’ve always accompanied many top Cuban musicians,” she says in this interview with HT.

Cuba’s Major Record Label Turns 50

March 18, 2014 | No Comments »

EGREM, Cuba’s oldest record label and music company, is turning fifty. To celebrate the occasion, several artists are offering concerts, attending galas and launching new albums. One of the dance companies taking part in the festivities is Danza Contemporanea. (30 photos)

Cuban activists and emigration island gather in Miami

March 15, 2014 | No Comments »

The Platform for Cuban Integration began Friday in the city of Miami, the civic- cultural campaign “For equality and integration in Cuba,” with activists from the island and emigrants living in the US participating. The campaign will continue through March 30.