Wednesday August 16, 2017

Music

VIDEO: The Grammys, the Lucas Awards, and the “Bailando” Controversy

The global super-hit picked up three awards at the Latin Grammys, and it’s the longest-running Number 1 on Billboard’s “Hot Latin Songs.” What happened with the Bailando video at the Lucas Awards?

Cubans in Paris, Cubans at Home

Cuban music took the world by storm in the 1920s and 30s, and found a special welcome in Paris. Last month the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) offered a rousing program that interwove the concert hall, the nightclub, and the theater, with music by José White, Eliseo Grenet, Ernesto Lecuona, Luis Casas Romero, Alejandro García Caturla, Sindo Garay, and Miguel Matamoros. The show also featured songs by Moisés Simóns, including excerpts from his rarely performed 1934 operetta Toi C’est Moi. NYFOS director Steven Blier reviews the history of this music in his informative program notes.
 

Rochy: Hit Music and Social Change

For many years, Rochy Ameneiro has been one of Cuba’s most acclaimed singers. Now, she’s putting her popularity to work for social change, especially in combating domestic abuse and other violence. Here’s the latest on her work with the Todas Contracorriente (Against the Tide) campaign.

Lucas Awards 2013: Baby Lores, Buena Fe, and El vuelo del moscardón

Havana’s music video industry continues to produce some of the most interesting video clips anywhere, and they hit the spotlight with the annual Lucas Awards, presented late last month in Havana. As a holiday celebration, here’s a quick look at some of the top winners for 2013—with videos, of course.

Update: Art and Music in Havana, plus Tokyo, London, Guadeloupe, and the U.S.

Four interesting shows and a jazzfest unfold on the island, Abel Barroso and Sandra Ramos open in Tokyo, Yoan Capote solos in London, Carlos Estévez comes to Guadeloupe, and several shows explore intriguing themes in Miami and greater L.A.
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