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Mexican Singer Armando Manzanero Records Songs in Cuba

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Mexican singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero today recorded for the first time in Cuba three songs with the renowned singer Haila Maria Mompie, which will be included in the artist”s next production.

‘With all due respect, Haila sings Armando Manzanero’ is the new work’s title, which will be a tribute to the legend of Mexican romantic music and will contain songs from his extensive repertoire brought to the salsa genre, Mompie told Prensa Latina.

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Puerto Rican Musician Gilberto Santa Rosa Arrives In Cuba

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Puerto Rican singer Gilberto Santa Rosa arrived in Cuba today to give two concerts, on his 40th tour and his fourth-decade musical career. The first presentation of the Puerto Rican is scheduled for tomorrow at the Josone Varadero Jazz & Salsa Festival, which began this Thursday at the famous Cuban resort.

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Always Omara

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Material of great relevance to understanding the recent history of Omara Portuondo, intimacies of her work and her current career, is contained on the album Omara siempre, presented recently by Egrem studios.

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Havana International Guitar Festival and Contest

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Jesús Ortega, president of the 15th Havana International Guitar Festival and Contest, noted, “Any event that brings together global figures such as Gismonti, Pepe Romero and Eliot Fisk, is of enormous importance, because they are role models, not by copying them, but for their world class performance, even of the simplest things.”

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Mexicans Will Exhibit Cuban Work on Perez Prado

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The Mexican Independent Company ”Conjuro Teatro” will premiere at the City Theater ”Yo soy el rey del mambo,” by Cuban playwright Ulises Rodriguez, the House of Scenic Memory (CME) confirmed here today. Directed by Dana Stella Aguilar, the group will perform on April 13, 14 and 15 in the aforementioned hall, in the Mexican capital, with a stage performance that pays homage to Damaso Perez Prado.

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Lolo Lovina band Creates Expectation in Havana World Music

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Australian group Lolo Lovina, influenced by a strong push of swing, gypsy Balkan music, tango and heavy metal, has performed in this capital in one of the facilities that host the Havana World Music Festival (HWM).

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“El Tosco” calls on the media to promote Cuban music

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Flutist, composer and pedagogue José Luis Cortés (El Tosco), one of the most distinguished Cuban instrumentalists, was presented with the 2017 National Music Prize on Saturday, March 17, for his contribution to the development and expansion of Cuban music.

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Juan Carlos Roque dissects the Buena Vista Social Club

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THE Buena Vista Social Club was a very popular Havana dance hall in the 1940s and 50s, but that name is now known throughout the world as a Cuban musical phenomenon. It was a project born 20 years ago, under the direction of Juan de Marcos González, former director of the Sierra Maestra group, with renowned U.S. guitarist Ry Cooder as producer.

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Farewell to Sergio Vitier, a true, essential creator

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Sergio was the firstborn son to a couple which had already left an indelible mark on Cuban culture, writers Fina García Marruz and Cintio Vitier – the latter was also a violinist – and brother to José María Vitier, another essential name in Cuban music; while his uncle Felipe Dulzaides, jazz musician and vocal coach, represented an early paradigm for the young composer.

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Stravinsky in Havana’s Auditorium

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RECENTLY the 70th anniversary of the first visit to Havana by Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (1882 –1971) was celebrated, one of the most important and transcendental musicians of the 20th century. On April 6, the 45th anniversary of his death will be commemorated in New York.