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Ernesto Lecuona is Reborn in Cuba 120 Years After Birth

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The Marti Theater of this capital looked its best in a homage by The Cuban National Ballet to master Ernesto Lecuona, who was reborn to his music and dance 120 years after his birth.

Through elegant and precise interpretations, the company recreated yesterday essential pieces of the repertoire of Lecuona, known as the most universal of Cuban musicians. The director of the Cuban National Ballet, Alicia Alonso, accompanied her dancers in a special performance that made inmortal to who she described as an extraordinary creator, defender of significant characteristics of our idiosyncracy.

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Afro-Cuban rumba legend Papo Angarica dies

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Papo Angarica, a rumba legend in Cuba, died yesterday of respiratory failure caused by the chronic renal failure he had been suffering from, reported the Cuban Music Institute. Up until his death, Mario Angarica Díaz was director of the group Son Yoruba and worked as an advisor to several Cuban and Latin American folklore ensembles. Born in Havana on July 18, 1942 he learned a lot from his father, Nicolás Angarica from Matanzas, who gave him his first tambor (drum) at age four.

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The new Irakere

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Chucho and Irakere were predestined to reach the peak of international success. The band was demonstrating the contributions of the new school of Cuban music that was beginning to bear fruit.

Then came that decisive year for Irakere, 1977, with the arrival of the Daphne cruise ship in Havana, bringing Dizzy Gillespie and a cohort of established jazz musicians: Stan Getz, Earl “Fatha” Hines, David Amram, Ray Mantilla, Anne Brackeen, Billy Hart, Rudy Rutherford, John Orr, Eddie Graham and the singers Marva Josie and Ry Cooder. The tour ended with a concert at the Mella theater.

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Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory to Receive Honor Award in Cuba

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The Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory today will receive the Honor Award of the most important musical event in the Caribbean country: Cubadisco-2015, during the closing ceremony of this year”s edition The outstanding Russian school of music in which Tchaikovsky himself was a teacher in the nineteenth century, granted scholarships in the second half of the twentieth century to talented Cuban artists.

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Chamber Music Festival dedicated to Cuban pianist and composer Chucho Valdés

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Cuban maestro Leo Brouwer announced that the Chamber Music Festival scheduled for September 30th through October 7th will be dedicated to Chucho Valdés on his 70th birthday. Chucho is simply great as a pianist, composer and person, he deserves this homage and much more,” said Brower in Havana, adding that he has admired and worked with the great Cuban jazz musician for 50 years.