When I was fourteen, I got the crazy idea I wanted to learn to play the guitar. My parents didn’t have the money to buy me the instrument, so I decided to talk with Barbara, a friend of mine who lived in the building across the street and owned a Pablo Quintana guitar.
Paco de Lucía was not only a reference for flamenco in Spain, he was a legend of world music long before his death in Mexico today. Composer and master guitarist, he renewed flamenco, gave a special feeling to classical pieces and made an important contribution to Jazz.
Born in Cuba’s province of Santa Clara in 1972, Roly Berrio is an outstanding folk musician who broke into the music world in the 90s. In 1992, he founded the trio Enserie with musicians Levis Aleaga and Raul Cabrera, a band that would become a nationwide project under the Hermanos Saiz Association.
Cuban contralto Yaima Saez’ voice transports to the golden age of Cuban music. “It is a privilege to be placed alongside such renowned figures,” she told us during her interview for Havana Times.
Cuban singer/songwriter Santiago Feliu, 51, died suddenly this morning in Havana, sources close to his family to Radio Rebelde. According to relatives, Feliu suffered a severe pain in the chest and died of a heart attack before he could reach the hospital.
The legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. For nearly seven decades, Seeger was a musical and political icon who helped create the modern American folk music movement. We air highlights of two appearances by Seeger on Democracy Now!, including one of his last television interviews recorded just four months ago.
The award for Best Latin Jazz Album went to Cuba’s Paquito D’ Rivera and the Brazilian Trio Corrente for “Song for Maura,” delivered last night in Los Angeles. It was the fifth Grammy for D’ Rivera, 65, who also has six Latin Grammy awards.
Born in Santa Clara in 1975, Leonardo Garcia is among the most talented musicians of his generation. A skillful guitarist and lyricist, Garcia addresses Cuban and universal issues with both charm and intensity.
Though 22-year-old Manuel Leandro is one of Cuba’s youngest folk musicians today, he could well be described as one of the most talented, part of a generation that hasn’t yet defined itself as one.
Justin Bieber says he is somewhere in Cuba today, possibly getting away from the legal mess created by some eggs splashed on the house of his neighbor in Calabasas, California.