International Jazz Day on digital platforms
Digital platforms vibrate today to the rhythm of jazz, a genre cultivated worldwide that celebrates its International Day this April 30, with with many followers in Cuba. In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, Unesco called for a virtual celebration of jazz, which, according to the United Nations, “breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance, it is a form of freedom of expression, symbolizes unity and peace, reduces tensions between individuals, groups and communities and fosters gender equality. ” The General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) agreed in November 2011 to celebrate International Jazz Day on this date, to promote awareness of this cultural event. Among other initiatives, creators of the genre join a joint broadcast through social networks with five-minute audiovisuals and the international organization will share on virtual platforms the concerts held in previous years on the International Day. In Cuba, among the actions for this day, jazz player Degnis Bofill and his group Golpes Libres are featured on social networks and television and radio broadcasts, as part of the daily virtual concerts that national artists have been offering, sponsored by cultural institutions, as part of social isolation measures during the Covid-19 quarantine. Jazz is in good health in the Caribbean nation, perhaps due to the quality and consistency of its cultivators in the Island and the possibility of fusion with Cuban rhythms, of African roots. Since 1980, the International Jazz Plaza Festival has been held in the country, with growing prestige and acceptance, which has brought together on Cuban stages worldwide outstanding exponents of the genre, from North American trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie to French composer Michel Legrand, as well as relevant national cultivators of the genre, as Chucho Valdés and Bobby Carcassés. Cuba was chosen by Unesco as the venue for the celebrations of the International Jazz Day in 2017, in recognition of the contribution that Cuban music has made to the world.