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Cuban trumpet player Yasek Manzano will offer concert in France.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from Havana-club.com

Renowned Cuban trumpeter and composer Yasek Manzano arrived in France this week to hold a concert.

The unique jazz performance will be offered in the town of Enghien-les-Bains, located 11 kilometers from Paris, with the promotion of the picturesque commune’s Arts Center. The presentation of the artist trained in Cuban conservatories and New York’s Juilliard School, where he was a student of prestigious US musician Winston Marsalis, will take place next Saturday night. Manzano’s program includes well-known pieces of his extensive repertoire, such as Conde, Mañana de Luna and Congo para mi Abuela, in addition to the popular El Manicero by Cuba’s Moisés Simons, and Bésame Mucho by Mexico’s Consuelo Velázquez. In the performance, the virtuoso trumpet player, who has been on prestigious stages with legends such as Marsalis, Chucho Valdés, Bobby Carcassés and Roy Hargrove, will be accompanied by a piano, bass and drums trio.

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Cuban artists to perform a Mozart opera in the US.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuban musicians will perform a version of Mozart’s opera ‘The Clemency of Titus’ at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in the US. According to a Havana Mozart Lyceum announcement, the performances are scheduled for February 13-15, in the US capital, directed by maestro Ulises Hernandez.

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Músicos de EEUU animarán festival de Jazz en Cuba pese a sanciones de Trump.

 

 

 

 

 

From: Reuters.

Unas 22 agrupaciones estadounidenses animarán desde el martes la edición 35 del Festival Jazz Plaza en Cuba, incluyendo tres bandas llegadas desde Nueva Orleans, en un desafío a las barreras políticas actuales entre La Habana y Washington.

La administración de Donald Trump ha recrudecido las sanciones a Cuba luego de un acercamiento histórico de su predecesor, Barack Obama, al obstaculizar los envíos de petróleo de su aliado Venezuela y limitar los vuelos comerciales, entre otras medidas, bajo el argumento de que la isla apoya al gobierno de Nicolás Maduro.

Los organizadores del Festival, en el cual estarán presentes alrededor de 80 músicos estadounidenses en La Habana y Santiago de Cuba, al este de la capital, confirmaron la presencia de las bandas The Soul Rebels, Tank and The Bangas y Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. Además, participarán artistas de México, Chile, España, Canadá y Brasil, entre otros.

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Cimafunk se presenta con éxito en el Union Stage de Washington. (+Fotos)

 

 

 

 

 

El nuevo fenómeno musical de Cuba Cimafunk y su banda, ofrecieron un concierto en el Union Stage de Washington. Cientos de personas cantaron y bailaron al ritmo de la música cubana durante un espectáculo de hora y media de duración que comenzó en la noche del sábado y cerró en la madrugada del domingo.

Durante la presentación en la capital estadounidense los asistentes bailaron exitosos temas del disco Terapia (2017). Paciente y Me voy, fueron de los títulos del repertorio. No pudo faltar Ponte pa’ lo tuyo, en la cual Cimafunk invitó a los presentes a seguirlo en un coro contagioso. También se incluyeron las canciones Se acabóApretaoLa papa y Cocinarte.

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Carlos Acosta starts as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

 

 

 

 

 

From: BBC News.

World-renowned ballet danger Carlos Acosta has taken up his position as the new director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

The Cuban dancer and choreographer has previously said he wanted to “reach out to new and more diverse audiences”.

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Seleccionada “El Potaje”, del cubano Cimafunk, como una de las mejores canciones de 2019 en EEUU (Fotos+Video)

 

 

 

 

La Radio Pública Estadounidense (NPR) situó en el lugar número 6 la canción “El Potaje”, del cubano Cimafunk.

La lista, que reconoce las 25 mejores canciones de 2019 en Estados Unidos, esta hecha por escritores, editores y productores de NPR Music. Cubre un amplio diapasón que comprende rock, reguetón, música clásica, y country, entre otros géneros. La selección incluye además, artistas como los estadounidenses Molly Tuttle, Caleb Burhans, DaBaby, Che Apalache, el egipcio Islam Chipsy y el británico 21 Savage.

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Margaret Randall, Poet, Feminist and Revolutionary. (+Photos)

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Morning Star.

“BEFORE memory fades completely, I have a few things I want to say,” writes Margaret Randall in her memoir “I Never Left Home”– and what she has to say is certainly of great interest.

A poet, oral historian, essayist and translator, she has produced over 150 books and, although she has written about her life before, I Never Left Home is her assessment of it now from the perspective of her 83 years.

Determined to be creative and free from the restrictions of the conventional life her parents envisaged for her, in the early 1960s Randall joined the New York arts scene and went on to found a leftist arts journal in Mexico before fleeing the country without a passport in a refrigerated meat truck.

She lived in Cuba during the 1970s, then moved to Nicaragua to support the Sandinistas in the 1980s and, along the way, collaborated with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Haydee Santamaria, Gunther Grass, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Graham Greene and Eduardo Galeano. She raised four children and realised she was a lesbian.

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Fábrica de Arte Cubano es nominada a los World Travel Awards, galardón más importante de la industria turística mundial.(Fotos+Video)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), el gran laboratorio artístico que brinda la opción cultural más completa de la noche habanera, resultó nominado por cuarta ocasión consecutiva a los World Travel Awards (WTA).

Este evento reconoce y celebra la excelencia en todos los sectores de la industria mundial de viajes y turismo. Los premios son otorgados anualmente por un jurado internacional de expertos y han sido descritos como los “Oscar de la industria de viajes”.  El galardón es reconocido como el más importante de la industria turística mundial.

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Acosta Danza: Evolution; Dorrance Dance: Myelination and other works – review.(+Fotos)

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: The Guardian.

Both Acosta Danza and Dorrance Dance are companies formed by supremely talented dancers with a point to prove. Perhaps that is why, in addition to technical excellence, they share a warm sense of being heartfelt, of making the case that dance matters to its participants and viewers.

In the case of Carlos Acosta, his aim in founding a company based in his native Havana was a way of offering something back to his homeland at the end of his glittering international career – and a means of promoting and supporting the talent that exists there. That ambition both explains the quality of the dancing and the two new commissions on this mixed bill – the second he has brought to Sadler’s Wells – which will tour the UK early next year.

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Acosta Danza, a troupe that can dance anything from ballet to hip-hop.(+Photos)

 

 

 

 

 

From The Guardian.

It’s only three years since Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta premiered his Havana-based company, intending to create a troupe that could dance anything from ballet to hip-hop. So far, so good: Acosta Danza boasts fantastic dancers from diverse backgrounds and, while they remain individuals, they’re developing a strong company style that is vital, sensual, technically sharp and warmly human. Of course, everybody still wants to see Acosta dance, but I’ll come to that.

While you’re waiting, check out the entrancing Mario Sergio Elías, who is fast, supple and powerful; and Marta Ortega, an immensely musical dancer who brings graceful detail to even the smallest steps. The pair’s eyes meet across a golden wheat field in Pontus Lidberg’s Paysage, Soudain, la Nuit, a piece that glows with fresh early morning light and late afternoon summer sun. For all the versatility of the dancers, the works in this programme fall squarely into contemporary dance. Lidberg’s piece is built on a rumba by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, and the dancers move in constant flow and canon, an ever-pulsing energy bubbling away.

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