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sábado, 20 mayo 2017, 12:10 pm

Distinction for National Culture

Awards Ceremony Held May 17th

Maykel Blanco Distinción de la Cultura Natural

English: On the afternoon of May 17th at a ceremony in the José Martí Memorial, the Ministry of Culture awarded the Distinction of National Culture on 74 musicians and promoters.The award was established in 1981 and is conferred upon people or institutions for outstanding contributions to Cuban culture. Many of the names are familiar to timberos: Maykel Blanco, Rolando Luna, Samuel Formell, Alexander Abreu, Orlando "Maraca" Valle, Pedro Lugo "El Nene", Leo Vera and more. Click here for the full list of award recipients and congratulations to all of them.

Español: En la tarde del 17 de mayo en una ceremonia en el Memorial de José Martí, el Ministerio de Cultura otorgó la Distinción de Cultura Nacional a 74 músicos y promotores. El premio fue establecido en 1981 y se otorga a personas o instituciones por destacadas contribuciones a la cultura cubana. Muchos de los nombres son bien conocidos a los timberos: Maykel Blanco, Rolando Luna, Samuel Formell, Alexander Abreu, Orlando "Maraca" Valle, Pedro Lugo "El Nene", Leo Vera y muchos más. Haga clic aquí para ver la lista completa de receptores del premio y nuestras felicitaciones a todos.

Maykel Blanco Distinción de la Cultura Natural

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viernes, 19 mayo 2017, 03:22 am

Havana D'Primera

US Tour Underway

Havana D'Primera S.O.B.s

Alexander Abreu & Havana D'Primera kicked off their US tour with a concert last night at La Scala in Miami. Tonight they will be at SOB's in New York before heading to the other coast for concerts in California, Oregon, Washington and also Las Vegas. The California concerts will also feature Mayito Rivera . Click here to see the US tour dates.   I leave you with a song I have not stopped listening to since it came out. Click here to buy the "Siempre sí" single at Cubamusic - highly recommended!

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sábado, 13 mayo 2017, 07:56 pm

Dairon Rodriguez Lobaina 1984-2017

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Dairon Rodriguez Lobaina @Latinoamericando 18 August 2012
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I was going to do a post about Cubadisco at Timba.com today.  In just a few hours we’ll find out who the 2017 winners are. But at about noon CET, my day ground to a halt when I saw the terrible news that Dairon Rodriguez Lobaina had passed away from a heart attack this morning at only 32 years of age. I know he’s not a household name among timba fans but certainly fans of Cuban popular music know Buena Fe, where he was electric guitarist, corista and even rapero for about 9 years. He was also my friend, and like friends and fans he left behind around the world, I am finding it hard to conceive that he is gone.

I first met Dairon in 2012 at 10:00pm in a hotel in Milan. It was the night before the Buena Fe concert at the Latinoamericando festival. The guys were hanging out in the lobby taking advantage of the wifi. Dairon was hungry because earlier that evening he ordered a pizza, ate half of it and wanted to take half back to the hotel room for later. He thought that to speak Italian he just had to say things loudly in Spanish and gesticulate a lot. The result was that the waiter took the other half of his pizza and threw it away. So we ended up going on a late night food run to a nearby gas station and Dairon learned to say “per portare via”.

Dairon was always friendly, laid back and had a great sense of humor. I was once at his home studio in Marianao where he was going to record a song for a new artist. I had to use his restroom and couldn’t help but tease him afterward about how many hair products he had. His response: “Yeah, it looks like a French whore lives here.” He and the guys were always joking around. Here are a couple of typical Dairon moments that I have on film. This is how I remember him.


Dairon always made me laugh

Dairon was also a very talented musician, and in addition to his work with Buena Fe he recorded some solo tracks but never released them on any label that I know of. You can find a few at YouTube as well as hundreds of Buena Fe videos featuring Dairon. I did see him perform “Mírame Madre” - the song he recorded with Javier Milanes for the "Motivos Martianos" project - and captured that on video. He had a beautiful voice. Considering that tomorrow is Mother’s Day in the US and Cuba, it seems the perfect video to leave you with.


Dairon & Javier singing "Mírame Madre"

Dairon made friends wherever he went, and I know that friends and fans around the world were stunned by the news today. The band just got back from a tour of Canada. They are scheduled for a Mother’s Day concert tonight at El Ajibe and are in the running for Best Fusion Album for the 2017 release “Sobreviviente” at the CubaDisco awards tonight as well. That must feel surreal to the band members. My deepest sympathy to Dairon’s parents and family, the band and all his friends around the world. To conclude I leave you with Dairon in his own words from his Facebook account: “I’m a musician, guitarist with the Cuban group Buena Fe. I like to dance, read, challenges (life is the constant surprise of knowing that I exist).”

I would like to invite everyone who knew him to post comments as a tribute to him. We could all share our memories and help one another in the healing process.

UPDATE: Buena Fe won the Grand Prize as well as Best Fusion Album and Best Recording for "Sobreviviente" at Cubadisco tonight. They dedicated the awards to Dairon.

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martes, 02 mayo 2017, 11:28 pm

CUBADISCO 2017: AND THE NOMINEES ARE....

CUBADISCO 2017: Y LOS NOMINADOS SON.......

Also: Video from International Jazz Day All Star Concert

ENGLISH:   Although the formal booklet is not ready yet, the Cubadisco team in Havana (a thousand thank-you's to them!) was kind enough to share the list of nominees in Cubadisco 2017 as well as the schedule of events.   When the final booklet is available, we will also share that with you here. Cubadisco is Cuba's most important music awards program and much, much more- an academic symposium, a commercial fair, and always many wonderful concerts in genres across Cuba's musical spectrum.  
The nominees are available here.     Congratulations to all!
The schedule is available here. 



ESPAÑOL:  
Aunque el folleto formal no está listo todavia, el equipo de Cubadisco en la Habana (¡mil gracias a ellos!) tuvo la amabilidad de compartir el listado de nominados en Cubadisco 2017 y el horario de los eventos con nosotros.  Les compartir el folleto formal aquí en cuanto este disponible.   
Cubadisco es la premiación musical más importante en Cuba y mucho más - un simposio académico, una feria comercial, y siempre un montón de maravillosos conciertos en todo el espectro musical de Cuba. 
Los nominados están disponibles aquí
¡Felicidades a todos!
El horario está disponible aquí


If you missed the livestream of the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert from Havana, the video has been posted by the Jazzday.com team.  Enjoy. 

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