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Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba Returns to Havana

Cuban pianist and composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba has returned to Havana to play a concert this coming Saturday night, August 26th, at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater in Havana. Continue reading

Cuba’s Days Girls and their Big Dreams

Twenty-year old twins Dayrelis and Daynelis Fabelo Nunez have been interested in the world of music ever since they were little girls and now they dabble in singing as well as modeling. In the Artemisa and Havana provinces, they have performed on different stages singing pop music, salsa, and boleros. Living outside of the capital hasn’t dampened their dreams. Continue reading

French Culture: a bit about everything

This month the French Culture reserves a program full of music, movie, plastic arts, literature, among other options   Ana Margarita Sánchez Soler asanchez@enet.cu This is the second time this event, in which the French Movie Festival is one of its main attractions, gets inserted in Havana’s culture. The film exhibition is presented in Cuba […]

La entrada French Culture: a bit about everything aparece primero en Radio Metropolitana.

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Rocker Tanya Returns to the Cuban Music Scene

Tanya has returned to the Cuban rock scene, this time more mature, with better music arrangements, irreverent lyrics, romantic ballads, after two decades of not living on the island. She was a solo artist in the ‘80s of Live Art, and then became a member of alternative rock band Monte de Espuma. Continue reading

Ceshia Ubau and Her “Eyes of the Soul”

Every time that Ceshia Ubau talks about music, her eyes widen and she grins from ear to ear. Her voice, her name and her curly hair are already well-known on the national music scene. At just 19 years old, she’s about to release her first album “Con los ojos del alma”, a collection of 15 songs that talk about national reality, gender violence and the search for identity. Continue reading

Esperanza Spalding and Richard Bona in Guanabacoa

The entrance was by invitation and the amphitheater was full. Most of the people went to see the students of the Guanabacoa music school. They almost never appear in public and relatives longed for that moment. Few knew that two world renown musicians,... Continue reading

Havana in Orbit with Jazz

Havana is the host city for the activities this week which accompany celebrations for International Jazz Day which will be commemorated on April 30th 2017. Cuban pianist Alejandro Falcon with his group and students kicked off the event on Wednesday. (... Continue reading

Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdes Together in Cuba on April 30th

Katherine Muller-Marin, the Director of the Unesco Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, recently stated that the celebration of the 6th edition of International Jazz Day on April 30th, will be a unique opportunity for Cuba to... Continue reading

Medieval Music Returns to Havana

Medieval music will once again fill some of Havana’s streets from April 24th to 27th. Concerts will be played by the Ensemble Vocal Luna, Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine and Lauda, the event’s host ensemble. Continue reading

The Controversy Surrounding Danay Suarez at the 2017 Vina del Mar Festival

The controversy surrounding Danay Suarez’s participation in the 2017 Vina del Mar International Song Festival, doesn’t stop. Here are things I consider deserve to be recognized in a positive and negative light. Continue reading

Chucho Valdes wins Grammy for his Tribute to Irakere

The award-winning Cuban pianist and composer Jesus “Chucho” Valdes was given a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album on Sunday with his album “Tribute to Irakere: Live In Marciac”, a tribute to the group he founded 44 years ago. Continue reading

Bagpipes in Cuba: An Afternoon with a Different Sound

Every Friday, on my way to the National Bus Station from my workplace, I usually wait for something to surprise me, as the journey is always monotonous and boring. Today I could hear a different sound from a distance, which my ear couldn’t make out: it was less powerful than a clarinet and sweeter. Continue reading

Castro Likes Rock and his Home Country

Athanay Castro, the well-known Cuban singer-songwriter, who was based in Spain for many years, known as the white rapper, is returning to his country to continue his musical project. Continue reading

Arsenio Pena, a One-Man Band in Old Havana

Every afternoon, this Guarachero (a type of Cuban music) par excellence, in life and in music, can be heard on Obispo street, the main street where tourists and Cubans go into Old Havana. People around him went into a frenzy when he sang one of his improvised choruses: “You have to make sure you don’t get Dengue, Chikungunya and many other things.” Continue reading

Cuba’s JoJazz 2016 On Its Way

This year, the 19th edition of the JoJazz Young Cuban International Competition will take place in Havana from November 17-20. Here, musicians from 16 to 30 years old will be able to compete in two categories: composition and performance. Continue reading

The Cuba Jazz Festival Is Coming Soon

Invited artists include Terence Blanchard´s E-Collective, from the US, who will perform alongside Cuba’s Chucho Valdés; and the long-awaited Ivory Coast singer and French resident, Fatoumata Diawara, who will share the stage with our young pianist and composer Roberto Fonseca. Continue reading

Havana Mozart Festival Oct. 15-23

This year, the Cuban festival runs from October 15-23 and celebrates the 70th anniversary of the relationships between Cuba and Austria. The “musical rejuvenation” of acoustically significant buildings has had a remarkable impact on Cuba. Continue reading

New Edition of The Voice of the West

This weekend will be held in the municipality of Sandino the fifth edition of the singing festival The Voice of the West, where 40 participants of the municipalities of Pinar del Rio and Artemisa will compete. Continue reading

Women Make Inroads in Cuba’s Electronic Music Scene

Even though it’s still not a common occurrence, recently, women have taken the stage in Cuba’s electronic music scene. While it is true that this area is dominated essentially by men, today, there are more than a few women interested in the world of music machines. Continue reading

My Memories of Havana’s Mella Theatre

Over the past 25 years, the Mella Theater in Havana has become my second home. Here, I have witnessed unique and once-in-a-lifetime moments in Cuban culture. Continue reading

Women Make Inroads in Cuba’s Electronic Music Scene

Even though it’s still not a common occurrence, recently, women have taken the stage in Cuba’s electronic music scene. While it is true that this area is dominated essentially by men, today, there are more than a few women interested in the world of music machines Continue reading

Madonna Celebrates Birthday in Cuba

Madonna, the Queen of Pop, is today visiting Havana to celebrate her 58th birthday, landing yesterday with a large group of companions. Continue reading

Lizzy, a New Brand of Music in Cuba

With a different style to that which is normally heard on the island, Lizzy and her band choose to sing in English, for a Cuban audience. Continue reading

Synthesis and Identity in Cuban Music

Born in Santiago de Cuba, young Andy Rubal Bello has had music running through his veins ever since he was a little boy. The most Caribbean city in Cuba has inevitably marked him with its history and traditions, where the voices of bohemian trovadores ... Continue reading

In Cuba, Art is not a Sidedish or an Appetizer

Interview with Oakland Symphonic Youth Orchestra’s principal conductor Omid Zoufonoun, at the close of a ten-day tour in Cuba with performances in Santa Clara, Cienfuegos and Havana. Continue reading

The Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra Bids Farewell to Cuba

With a beautiful, applauded ... and little promoted concert at the Covarrubias Hall of the National Theater of Cuba, the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra performed their finale on July 16th. Continue reading