Cuban Jazz Players Applauded in France

The Cuban musician César López and his group Havana Ensemble showed their talent in an applauded jazz concert in Enghien-les-Bains, which still resounds in the cultural media of this French city.

The metropolis, “emphasized by its narrow cultural links with Cuba, was again a head office and promoter of the quality, variety and wealth of the Cuban culture”, highlighted today a bulletin of the Cuban office of the UNESCO in France.

For almost two hours, the Theater of the Casino of this city received the interpretations of the recognized Cuban saxophonist, arramger and composer.

“The ripeness and quality of the presented program, allowed to enjoy one of the most outstanding projects of the Cuban contemporary music”, he underlined the note.

In accordance with the organizers, the themes that journeyed of the bootblack to the conga, including classical music arrangements, delighted the audience that was not late in doing “chemistry” with the Caribbean jazz players.

David Faya, in the bass; Emilio Martini, in the guitar and Otto Santana, in percussion, they made the stage vibrate.

The Cuban officials recognized the promotional work of the director of the Center of the Arts, Dominique Roland, and its commitment for sharing during the whole year, a cultural quality agenda and diverse, in that the Cuban culture is present.

(Prensa Latina)

Cuban Actor Jorge Perugorría Becomes Member of the Hollywood Academy

The entry of Cuban actor Jorge Perugorría as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the United States (an institution with 683 members and deliver of the Oscars each year) today monopolizes headlines in national and international press media.

Considered one of the most important faces of the Cuban cinema, Perugorría stands out in the local and foreign film scene for his charisma and versatility to embody the most diverse roles.

Films like “Miel para Ochún” y “La pared de las palabras” are a proof of his unquestionable talent, a gift he has also used behind the camera and manifested between cardboards and oils.

Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the United States included new Latin American members, like Colombian director Ciro Guerra, Mexican filmmaker Israel Cardenas and Dominican Laura Amelia Guzmán.

After the strong criticism because the Oscar nominees included only white actors for the second consecutive year, the Academy announced changes to increase diversity among voters.

(Prensa Latina)

Habanarte: An impressive festival


The Habanarte Festival arrives at its third edition, September 8-18, once again under the catchy maxim of “All the arts at once.” The event seeks to present expressions of all Cuban art forms for their usual audiences and visitors, whose numbers are growing.

Since its inception, the program has been a very interesting one, the result of an arduous effort seeking to bring together, within the span of a few days, the capital’s rich cultural life, its ballet and dance seasons, the stage arts, the strong visual arts scene, and above all music.

Now Habanarte has taken a very timely step forward, organizing the Primera Linea International Music Forum, in partnership with Womex (the World Music Expo), according to UNESCO, “the most important professional fair” for roots, folk, ethnic, traditional and alternative music.

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Los Van Van Brings Cuban Music to the United States

The orchestra Los Van Van monopolizes today the attention of all Cuban music lovers during its US tour, when it will be performing in more than 10 cities in addition to Puerto Rico.

The media, particularly the specialized music magazine Billboard, praised the presentation of the legendary group, which has remained it popularity since its founding over 40 years ago.

According to reports from that publication, Los Van Van are one of the essential groups in Cuban musical history, an icon in the soundscape of the island.

The group will perform this month in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Then, it will travel to New York, New Jersey and Washington; and will end the tour at the amphitheater Tito Puentes, of Puerto Rico, on July 9.

This is the second time Los Van Van made a US tour, after the death of its creator, Juan Formell. It is still remembered its concert in Miami last year, before an audience of more than 5.000 spectators.

(Prensa Latina)

Descemer Bueno Sings for Cuba

Singer and songwriter Descemer Bueno -famous for songs such as Bailando- begins a tour of Cuba, the first solo undertaken since his compositions became international hits.

In addition to promoting new songs from his latest album “Cuerpo y Alma,” the journey will include a repertoire consisting of songs well known in the charts and popularized by singers such Enrique Iglesias and Juan Luis Guerra.

The tour begins today at the Multicultural Square, in the eastern province of Guantanamo, then at Mariana Grajales Amphitheater, in Santiago de Cuba, on June 17, and the Calixto Garcia Stadium, in Holguin, on June 19.

Then, he will sing at the Casino Campestre in Camagüey on June 22 and will perform at the Amphitheater of Varadero, in western Matanzas, on June 2.

The tour will conclude on June 30 in the parking lot of the Latinoamericano Stadium in Havana.

(Prensa Latina)

Fito Páez to Perform in Cuba

Fito Páez to Perform in Cuba

Cuban today awaits the return to the stage of the Argentinean singer Fito Páez at the close of his tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of his album ”Giros” considered to be one of Fito Paez best albums, and a classic of Latin rock.

Two years after his last visit to the Caribbean nation, Páez will give a concert at Havana’s Karl Marx Theater, on June 20th.

The album offers his Cuban fans songs such as ‘Yo vengo a ofrecer mi corazón’ and ‘Cable a tierra’, as well as other iconic titles of his repertoire.

Organized by the Cuban Institute of Music (ICM, in Spanish) the cultural institution and PM Records, the concert confirms the interest of the singer to return to the island. On this occasion he will be on stage with the Cuban singer, Pablo Milanés.

The Argentinean artist is one of the most popular exponents of Latin American rock and the winner of several awards, including five Latin Grammys.

Born in Rosario in the province of Santa Fe, his musical career comprises of more than twenty studio albums and dozens of collaborations with leading artists from around the world.

(Prensa Latina)

Photo Exhibition of Fidel Castro Opens in China

“Fidel es Fidel,” a photographic exhibition by Roberto Chile, has opened today in Beijing, on the occasion of the 90th birthday of the leader of the Cuban Revolution. Fidel Castro is a promoter of relationships between the Caribbean nation and Asia.

The exhibition was opened in the presence of Deputy Culture Minister of china, Ding Wei, senior members of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Latin American and Caribbean ambassadors and other diplomatic representatives. It will remained open at Beijing Library until June 16th.

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