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  • asombra: “It is difficult but it is not oppressive. It is not to minimize the human rights challenges, but there have been changes...

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Ernesto Lecuona died 50 years ago today!

Ernesto Lecuona died 50 years ago after a long and very successful career as a composer: "Ernesto Lecuona was the most important musician in Cuban musical life during the first half of the 20th century. Born in Guanabacoa, a suburb of Havana, in 1895, Lecuona first established himself as an outstanding pianist, graduating from the […]

“Que paciencia tiene la novia”: 80 years and a couple sing “Quiereme siempre” by Orquesta Aragon

This is a story that Fausta Wertz brought to our attention last week: "An elderly Paraguayan couple have got married in a religious ceremony after living together for 80 years. From his wheelchair, Jose Manuel Riella, 103, promised his eternal love to Martina Lopez, his 99-year-old bride, who wore a long white dress. The wedding […]

Pres Obama: “Se te cayo el tabaco”

From time to time, we have to go to that philosopher of philosophers, the inimitable Beny More of Santa Isabel de la Lajas., a town near Cienfuegos and the likely inspiration for "El Santo de Tia Juliana". I think that Beny would be singing this about the collapsing political fortunes of President Obama:  "Se te […]

Something about Syria that has nothing to do with bombs!

What a week for Syria.  We've gone from "ready to bomb" to a "congressional pause" to a "plan ruso" that no one understands. It has also been a good two weeks to remember Barbarito Diez, the legendary Cuban singer who recorded so many of those "danzones" that our parents loved. I bet that your parents […]

Celia

We miss you, Celia. We miss your smile, your laughter, your love of life, your music, your inimitable voice, and your love of Cuba and her freedom. We miss your soul, your spirit and your AZUCAR!!!!

Respecting or disrespecting historical fugures

  Paying homage requires a synchronization of the organization presenting the award with the work of the person being honored. To do otherwise would be the selfish utilization of the achievements of historical figures for causes that they fought against or disagreed with while they were alive. For example, it would be disingenuous for the […]

El Maleconazo – a music video by Porno Para Ricardo

On this, the anniversary of el maleconazo (Aug. 5, 1994), it seems appropriate to share this Porno Para Ricardo song. Enjoy. If you're not sure what this maleconazo thing is, you can learn a bit at The Real Cuba.

La Pachanga

H/T: Rayarena

Olga Diaz Plays Perpetual Motion by Rene Touzet

This is my first Mother's Day without my Mom. What a surprise when I get this message in my email today from Ruth Ann Galatas who apparently had been working on a project with Rene Touzet before he died which featured his works including one played by my mom, Olga Diaz. So today on Mother's […]

Screw Cinco de Mayo. Ocho de Mayo is where it’s at.

Get a good dose of Rock + Roll with Cuban Soul on Friday, May 8th, 11 PM with Delexilio, at Crash Mansion, in SoHo/Lower East Side, 199 Bowery @ Spring. www.crashmansion.com $5 cover with RSVP to New York Underbelly, $10 without RSVP (arrive before 11pm, FREE with RSVP, $5 without) Visit the bands website:  www.delexilio.com.  Cuba […]

Singing Of Cuba Without Ever Seeing it

Music is a great uniter. It requires no wealth to make, and is loved by rich and poor alike. It cracks class barriers and makes all races beautiful. In the most oppressed slave societies, music is all they have. It unites because even if you don't understand the language, can't pronounce the name of the […]

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Anti-castro rap

Music Copyrights and Cuban Musicians (UPDATED)

“The Mozart of the Congas” (UPDATE)