Content by tag "Cuba"

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Omar Sosa: Building Bridges Not Walls

Read "Omar Sosa: Building Bridges Not Walls" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Cuban-born pianist, Omar Sosa is a passionate man. Music, religion, family, his relationship to the planet—all these are inseparable to an artist whose musical world is steeped in the Afro-Cuban heritage that he draws upon so personally and individually in his work. Spinning culinary metaphors to describe the processes of music-making, he sings the praises of ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares Music Video "Oshun" From The CD Aguas

Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares Music Video "Oshun" From The CD Aguas

Following the October 2018 release of their acclaimed CD, Aguas, Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares are set to showcase their third music video, “Oshun," in support of the recording. Aguas is a beautiful and very personal album, reflecting the perspectives of two generations of Cuban artists living outside their homeland, interpreting their Afro-traditions in unique and subtle ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Emir Santa Cruz Hernández

Clarinetista y Saxofonista. Es uno de los más prolíficos jóvenes jazzistas de la escena cubana. Con cuatro años comienza sus estudios de Piano con la profesora Maria Zambrano. Posteriormente, ingresó en la Escuela de Artes Paulita Concepción, donde se graduó en 1998 en la especialidad de clarinete. Tuvo el privilegio de compartir escenario con grandes figuras de nuestra música como Ela Calvo, Elena Burke y Palacio Echenique, entre otros. Tiempo después, cursaría estudios de Nivel Medio Superior en la Conservatorio Municipal Amadeo Roldán, donde se graduó en el año 2003. Además, comenzó a trabajar como profesor del Taller de Música Popular Cubana y Armonía Popular en el Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán donde se ha mantenido hasta la actualidad

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Ramon Valle: The Amsterdam transplant remains rooted in Cuba

Read "Ramon Valle: The Amsterdam transplant remains rooted in Cuba" reviewed by Joan Gannij

After transplanting himself to Amsterdam 20 years ago, Ramon Valle's island roots still run deep. Valle was raised in the eastern part of Cuba, in Holguin, in a musical family, with a trumpeter father, a mother who sang and recited poems, and five sisters; four who played piano, and another who was a multi-instumentalist, playing saxophone, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Introducing…Ruben Gonzalez" Out June 16 Via World Circuit Records

"Introducing…Ruben Gonzalez" Out June 16 Via World Circuit Records

RE-ISSUE FEATURES EXTENDED AND UNRELEASED TRACKS ON DOUBLE 180gm VINYL AND CD “The greatest piano soloist I have ever heard in my life. He’s like a Cuban cross between Thelonious Monk and Felix the Cat.” —Ry Cooder “Gonzalez was known for his suave virtuosity and playful charisma.” —NPR Music Introducing…Ruben Gonzalez, the classic debut album by the famed Cuban ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Harold Lopez-Nussa: El Viaje

Read "El Viaje" reviewed by James Nadal

Prodigious pianist Harold López-Nussa has come full circle. With numerous acclaimed recordings, and acknowledged as a seasoned performer on international stages, he returns home and records El Viaje in Havana, Cuba, offering musical insights on the world through his piano. Continuing with his established trio format, which includes his brother Ruy Adrián López-Nussa on drums and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pedrito Martinez Group: Habana Dreams

Read "Habana Dreams" reviewed by James Nadal

The African drums and rhythms that originated in Yorubaland, have been an integral part of the Santeria religion in Cuba, and a profound influence on the rumbero percussionists on the island. Pedrito Martinez is a premier conga master who hails from the Cayo Hueso barrio in La Habana, and is also an akpwon (lead singer) and ...

Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer

Read "Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

BVSC presents Ibrahim Ferrer is the second album from the series of records by artists who participated in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club sessions, an album which exploded around the world and is now the most succesful release in the world music genre. Apart from achieving enormous success and critical acclaim, the Buena Vista Social ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer & Ruben Gonzalez: Buena Vista Social Club

Read "Buena Vista Social Club" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

One of the criteria for testing whether an album is a classic or not is to see its endurance and lasting appeal long after it was made rather than its immediate impact. When it comes to the Buena Vista Social Club album it not only made its impact soon after it was released, surpassing record sales ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Daymé Arocena: Nueva Era

Read "Nueva Era" reviewed by James Nadal

In one of the most interesting commerce and art collaborations of recent times, Cuba's famed rum Havana Club, with its Havana Cultura project, has joined forces with the local Cuban artist community to promote Cuban culture throughout the world. Covering a wide variety of musical styles and genres while at the same time adhering to Cuban ...