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Good health to art!

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President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez tweeted his congratulations “to our young artists and creators” in the Hermanos Saíz Association (AHS), which this October 18 celebrated its 34 years of healthy existence. Deputy Prime Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda likewise welcomed the anniversary of “the Association of the intellectual and artistic vanguard… the standard bearer and guide of young art,” and “a key part of the cultural life of our country.”

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Alexander Abreu: Good music for his people

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The popular singer, trumpet player and composer, leader of the group Havana D’Primera, offers a tribute to Cuban music of the 1980s and 90s. A tribute to artists and Cuban music of the 1980s and 90s, is what the popular Cuban singer, trumpet player and composer Alexander Abreu, leader of the group Havana D’Primera, offers in his most recent production. Será que se acabó should be released before the end of 2020.

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Cuban music and musicians shine in Latin Grammys

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Cuban music and musicians garnered most of the nominations in the 2020 Latin Grammy’s Best Traditional Tropical Album category, announced September 29. Of the five phonograms competing, three feature groups from the island and two are from Cuba’s Egrem studios, but all are connected to the cultural resources that have made Cuba one of the most fertile territories in the continent’s musical tradition. ‘Este es nuestro changüí,’ recorded at Egrem’s Siboney Studios in Santiago de Cuba, founded 40 years ago.

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The book “Dialogue with dance”, autobiography of Alicia Alonso, is published in Spain

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On the occasion of the centenary of Alicia Alonso , the Cumbres publishing house published in Madrid the book Dialogue with Fance, by the prima ballerina assoluta . The volume becomes an autobiographical record of her eminent career and includes fundamental texts on her artistic concepts from her position as a dancer, choreographer and trainer of the new generations of ballet on the island, stated the Cuban National Ballet (BNC). According to the BNC, this edition deserved the praise of the Codalario magazine.

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Flavor and Tradition: Spinach

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A reader asks me for recipes with spinach, those that the cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar made so fashionable in 1929, with his character Popeye, one of the most characteristic and popular in animated films. For the advertising of canned spinach, Popeye, among other things, showed off his strength. Many of those who comb gray hair will remember him.

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Cuba faces violence and silence in social media

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On Sunday, September 13, going viral on social media were condemnations of the verbal violence suffered by poet Teresa Melo, sociologist Mariela Castro and journalist Paquita Armas, who were attacked for their political positions and statements supporting the Cuban Revolution and the country’s institutionality.

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Benedetti, compañero and friend

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No, one, except perhaps a few infected with the virus of envy and mediocrity, question the poetic stature, the narrative depth (La tregua, Montevideanos and Gracias por el fuego, among other titles) or the brilliance of the essays of Mario Benedetti, the writer from Uruguay, or better, Our America, whose life we celebrated September 14.

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May Cuban ballet continue to crown our nation

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Viengsay Valdés, director of the National Ballet of Cuba, dedicated the Léonide Massine Positano Dance Prize, as the Best Ballerina on the international stage, to Havana City Historian Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler, during an online ceremony held September 5. “This is my personal and professional tribute to one of country’s our eminent figures.

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Racism in Cuban music?

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The history of music in Cuba has been profoundly marked by mestizaje since the nationality’s very conception, in close communion with the war against Spanish colonialism. The birth of nationalist, pro-independence sentiment was anti-colonialist, and anti-racist by implication and in principle. Is it possible to label as racist a Revolution that had as its political foundation the abolition of slavery?

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Uneac 1961, a difficult birth

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President Miguel Díaz-Canel tweeted his congratulations to the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists on the occasion of the organization’s anniversary. I treasure unforgettable memories of meetings with its members that left me with valuable learnings, experiences, and perspectives