The Strange Case of Cuba’s Gilbert Man

February 14, 2015 | No Comments »

Cuban USB drives – the people’s Internet – are now carrying the graphic details of the massive police operation conducted some weeks ago, when the well-known reggaeton music promoter Gilbert Man (a Cuban citizen holding ID card number 86060806804, issued to Gilberto Martinez Suarez on March 14, 2014) was arrested.

Cuba’s First Two-Keyboard Organ

February 7, 2015 | No Comments »

I am French and have just returned from a two-month visit to Havana, where I had the opportunity to witness the assembly of an organ. The organ was donated by Switzerland to Havana’s oldest church – the Church of the Holy Spirit located at the intersection of Cuba and Acosta streets.(29 photos)

A Young Cuban Pianist and His Folk Music Arrangements

January 14, 2015 | No Comments »

Though coming from an academic background, Jose Gavilondo has become an arranger for renowned folk musicians in Cuba. “Every piece is a completely new challenge,” he tells us in his interview for Havana Times.

Flag Bearers from Rione Bianco Treat Old Havana to Traditional Performance

January 9, 2015 | No Comments »

Old Havana residents and visitors are treated to agreeable surprises from time to time. The sound of trumpets and drums reached me from the other end of the square from a book launching I had gone to. (17 photos)

Manane: A Young Cuban Band

January 9, 2015 | No Comments »

Today we interview Mariela Flores and Miguel Angel Wong, the directors of the band Manane, people whom music and life has brought together. “Independent productions have proven to be the quickest and most effective way of making music,” they tell us.

Cuban Folk Musician Charly Aliaga: A Bit of Catharsis

January 6, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Charly Aliaga is a folk singer from Cuba’s eastern province of Granma whose songs cast a critical glance at the problems we face, using the city, the country’s institutions and daily life as his main referents.

Jazz at the Pabellon Cuba

January 3, 2015 | 1 Comment »

During the recently concluded Jazz Plaza 2014 festival several new venues took part in the event. One of those was the Pabellon Cuba facility; various reasons made it an option to consider. These included the location the time and the price. (21 photos)

Cuban Folk Musician Oscar Sanchez and His Proletarian Routine

December 31, 2014 | No Comments »

The song is inspired by the daily routines of Cuba’s working class. The neighbor, the singer, the woman who asks for a lift at the street corner, all are faces of the same thing: different ways of facing up to the need of earning one’s daily bread.

Sixty-five Years With Cuba’s Hermanos Bravo

December 12, 2014 | No Comments »

Today, we approach the new generation keeping the music legacy of a legendary Cuban band alive – a band currently directed by Esteban Bravo. “With those instruments alone, they made the entire world dance.”

Cuban Folk Musician Nelson Valdes and the Anger of the 1980s

December 10, 2014 | No Comments »

Nelson Valdes is a young folk musician from Cienfuegos. His albums include A la mitad del mundo (“To Half of the World”, recorded live and produced by the Hermanos Saiz Association in 2008) and Besitos de escalera (“Stairwell Kisses”, produced by the label Colibri).