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Sunday, 01 March 2020, 05:03 AM

Concerts of Interest in Miami and Chicago


Notwithstanding occasional rumors to the contrary, some quality music from Cuba is still making it to the city.  Global Cuba Fest looks great this year, with the most  relevant highlights as follows:

Saturday, March 7 (North Beach Bandshell):
8pm | Brenda Navarrete and the Miami Debut of Mi Mundo
9pm | Yelsy Heredia and the Changüí Project

Saturday, March 14  (Miami Dade County Auditorium) 
8pm | Piano Marathon Cubano featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco
9pm | Mambo #2020 “Mambo meets Timba” by Alain Perez and Julio Montalvo Orchestra in Concert

Full details can be found on the Fundarte website

A series of events is coming up fast:

March 8, Old Town School of Folk Music, 909 W. Armitage, Chicago
Roberto Fonseca's Chicago stop on his national tour will take place in the Old Town School of Folk music's original building on Armitage.   

March 12-15, Jazz Showcase, Chicago
Omar Sosa is presenting for 4 nights.  Our friend Thomas Pena of the Latin Jazz Network has a nice review of his recent New York performances here......

March 20 and 21:
Award-winning singer-songwriter Alex Cuba is touring in support of his album Sublime, which Felix Contreras of NPR named as one of the best albums of 2019, as follows:
March 20  Freedom Hall, Park Forest 
March 21: The Den Theatre, Chicago

April 8: Old Town School of Folk Music,  4545 N. Lincoln, Chicago
Harold López-Nussa returns!


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Sunday, 05 January 2020, 02:29 PM



ENGLISH:  (Sources:  Radio Encyclopedia,
The 35th edition of Jazz Plaza, Cuba's international jazz festival, will take place from the 14th to the 19th of January, 2020 in Havana and Santiago de Cuba.  The concert series will be special honors to the late Juan Formell, whose group Los Van Van celebrated its 50th anniversary in December; the late trumpeter Félix Chappottín;Irakere, and the late tresero Niño Rivera, whose 100th birthday would have been last April. Dayramir González, Eduardo Sandoval, Carlos Miyares, Michel Herrera and Pancho Amat will have important roles in the tributes. At least 10 other countries (including the United States) are expected to be represented on stage during the concerts. 
The  15th Edition of the International Jazz Colloquium will celebrate the 105th anniversary of the birth of Chano Pozo, the 60th anniversary of the Associaction of Artists and Writers of Cuba (UNEAC) and the 20th anniversary of the television program A Todo Jazz. 
We'll be present at the portion of the events taking place in Havana.

 (Fuentes: Radio Encyclopedia,
La 35a edición de Jazz Plaza, el festival internacional de jazz de Cuba, tendrá lugar del 14 al 19 de enero de 2020 en La Habana y Santiago de Cuba. La serie de conciertos será un homenaje especial al fallecido Juan Formell, cuyo grupo Los Van Van celebró su 50 aniversario en diciembre; el fallecido trompetista Félix Chappottín; Irakere, y el fallecido tresero Niño Rivera, cuyo centenario habría sido en abril pasado. Dayramir González, Eduardo Sandoval, Carlos Miyares, Michel Herrera y Pancho Amat tendrán papeles importantes en los homenajes. Se espera que al menos otros 10 países (incluido Estados Unidos) estén representados en el escenario durante los conciertos. 
La 15ª Edición del Coloquio Internacional de Jazz celebrará el 105 aniversario del nacimiento de Chano Pozo, el 60 aniversario de la Asociación de Artistas y Escritores de Cuba (UNEAC) y el 20 aniversario del programa de televisión A Todo Jazz.
Estaremos presentes en la parte de los eventos que tienen lugar en La Habana.  

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Sunday, 29 December 2019, 02:36 PM

Convocation Call for Cubadisco 2020

Convocatoria a Cubadisco 2020

ENGLISH: The Cuban Music Institute (ICM)  recently published the convocation call for entries for Cubadisco 2020, which will take place in Havana in mid-May. You can read the announcement in English here...
ESPAÑOL: El Instituto CUbano de la Música (ICM) anunció recientemente la convocatorio a Cubadisco 2020, que tendrá lugar en la Habana a mediados de mayo. Puede leer el anuncio en español aquí...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019, 08:50 PM



Una portada de 1969 / a cover from 1969

ESPAÑOL:  Hoy (el 4 de diciembre) marca el 50 aniversario oficial de Los Van Van, un grupo fundado por el gran Juan Formell que instigó una revolución importante en la música popular bailable en Cuba, y, despues de poco tiempo, comenzó a influir en la música bailable de todo el mundo antes de la aparación de la Timba; José Luís Cortés "El Tosco" tocaba en Los Van Van antes de fundir NG La Banda. Gracias a Radio Habana Cuba en onda corta, este escritor fue capaz de escuchar sus inicios desde una distancia, y durante los 70 sus grabaciones  llegaba a unos programas radiales en ciudades como Nueva York y Chicago en EUA.  
No se puede exagerar la importancia de Los Van Van, que continúa hasta el presente como uno de los grupos musicales más importantes de Cuba y un tesoro para todo el mundo.  En nombre de todo el equipo de y los oyentes y bailarines de todo el mundo, ¡Felicidades y muchísimas gracias!
Nuestro experto residente en muchos temas, Kevin Moore, ha publicado una extensa sección sobre el grupo a lo largo de los años. Puede explorarla aquí.

Los Van Van 2019

ENGLISH:  Today (December 4) marks the official 50th anniversary of Los Van Van, a group founded by the great Juan Formell that instigated an important revolution in popular dance music in Cuba and, after a short time, began to influence the dance music of the whole world before the appearance of Timba;  José Luís Cortés "El Tosco" played in Los Van Van before founding NG La Banda. Thanks to Radio Havana Cuba on shortwave, this writer was able to listen to their beginnings from a distance, and during the 70s, their recordings arrived to some radio programs in cities like New York and Chicago in the United States. 
One cannot exaggerate the importance of Los Van Van, which continues to the present day as one of the most important musical groups in Cuba and a treasure for the whole world. In the name of the entire team and listeners and dancers around the world, Congratulations and Many Thanks!
Our resident expert on many subjects, Kevin Moore, has published an extensive section about the group over the years.  You can explore that here. 

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