April 23, 2015For the 16th Havana Film Festival New York, film historian Luciano Castillo curated a crowd-pleasing panorama of post-revolutionary Cuban music films.
January 30, 2014Cuban 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.
December 26, 2013For 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.
December 24, 2013Havana’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.