Music + Performing Arts

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.

Día de los Reyes: Celebrating Afro-Cuba beneath Fata Morgana

Earlier this month, Manhattan’s Madison Square Park was the setting for Día de los Reyes, a community event celebrating Afro-Cuban dance and culture. Initiated by Teresita Fernández and the Madison Square Park Conservancy, it took place beneath the golden canopies of Fernández’s installation Fata Morgana.

Pedro Ruiz: A Dancer and His Roots

This spring, Pedro Ruiz, the former Ballet Hispanico dancer now choreographer, was named associate artistic director of Ballet Contemporáneo Endedans de Camagüey. In a lively conversation with Cuban Art News co-publisher Patricia Farber, Ruiz talks about his new position and what it means for him to be working in Cuba again.

VIDEO: “Nosotros La Música” Tours Cuban Musical History

For the 16th Havana Film Festival New York, film historian Luciano Castillo curated a crowd-pleasing panorama of post-revolutionary Cuban music films.

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?