Who Wants Him to Shut Up Cuban Singer Orman Cala

October 28, 2014 | No Comments »

Though Orman Cala (Granma, 1980) hasn’t enjoyed the same publicity some of his contemporaries have, his songs are charged with a rebellious spirit and a provocative youthful impetus that leave those fortunate enough to listen to them wanting more.

Cuban Folk Musician Alex Mendez: Run-Away Slave in Copenhagen

October 22, 2014 | No Comments »

A Cuba folk musician living in Europe speaks to us about his music and shares his thoughts on his condition as musician. “I learn from what people feel. Now, without a sensitive pair of ears my songs say nothing, they’re empty, emptier than a beach in Copenhagen during the winter,” Alex Mendez tells us in his interview for HT.

Cuban Singer-Songwriter Levis Aliaga

October 11, 2014 | No Comments »

The work of Levis Aliaga (Ciego de Avila, 1972) is one of the most solid produced by folk singers of his generation. Praised by artists and writers, Aliaga has not yet achieved much renown among audiences – something which, most likely, has more to do with his current whereabouts (the Canary Islands) than with his talent as a singer-songwriter.

Cuba’s Abdala Recording Studios to be Run by Ministry of Culture

October 10, 2014 | 3 comments

Following a heated dispute between singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez and Cuban State authorities, the musician’s Abdala recording studio has finally come under the administration of the Ministry of Culture (MINCULT).

Cuba’s Deja Vu Surprises and Delights

October 3, 2014 | No Comments »

Though most who had attended the concert had expected to see a different band play, people were not put off to find that the guest band was Déjà vu on arriving at the gardens of Havana’s Mella Theater on a recent Thursday. (13 photos)

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 | 4 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.