Music + Performing Arts

VIDEO – Catching Up with This Year’s Lucas Awards

As the world gets ready to welcome the new year, we salute the Cuban music and video industries with a selection of less well-known Lucas-winning clips.

Haydée Milanés: “My father is certainly the greatest influence over my career.”

Fresh from winning multiple Lucas Awards for her video clip Canción fácil, Haydée Milanés talks with Cuban Art News about upcoming projects, singing with her father, and what makes an ideal performance space.

Cuban Ballet Meets Silicon Valley: Carreño Presents Alonso’s Giselle

Last month, the Silicon Valley Ballet presented the first U.S. performance of Giselle, the ballet classic as choreographed by Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso. Elizabeth Schwall takes a look at the ballet, the dance company led by José Manuel Carreño, and the influence of Cuban ballet worldwide.

VIDEO – Sirique: A Champion of Cuban Music Returns in Rediscovered Photographs

Blacksmith by day, musician and music lover in his off hours, Alfredo González Suazo—better known as Sirique—ran one of the most important spaces for Cuban music in 1960s Havana in his blacksmithing shop. One day, a young photographer, Ernesto Fernández, turned up and started shooting. José León Díaz spoke with Fernández about that day. Added bonus: a classic video documentary on "La Herrería de Sirique."

VIDEO – Cultura Profética: Puerto Rican Reggae in Havana

Earlier this summer, the reggae group Cultura Profética (Prophetic Culture) gave a short but high-powered performance in an open-air concert in the Plaza San Francisco de Asís, sharing the bill with the stellar Cuban duo Buena Fe. Music writer Michel Hernández gives his impressions of the concert.