More than a musical genre, the Cuban son is the Caribbean island’s way of being and living, in the opinion of the renowned Cuban pianist and composer Frank Fernández, commenting on the celebration, for the first time, Son Day on May 8th.
With various actions transmitted in a virtual way, the planet celebrates this April 30 the International Jazz Day, a musical genre that encourages dialogue, the fight against discrimination and the promotion of human dignity, according to UNESCO.
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With a little over 25 years in existence, the Matanzas-based group Mestizaje has been faithful to the principles for which it was founded: to cultivate jazz, for being a very complete and all-encompassing way of interpreting music; very spiritual and liberating.
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The Matanzas Jazz Festival arrived in the Athens of Cuba to stay because, despite the epidemiological situation in the country and the world, lovers of that musical genre can enjoy its fourth festival through YouTube, the channel Streaming Cuba and Cuban TV’s Canal Clave.
The 4th Matanzas Jazz Festival, to be held virtually from April 29 to May 2, is an excellent possibility to "raise positive energy, because life is a privilege and so is doing jazz," said its president, musician from Matanzas, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Zulueta “Miguelón”.
Even if, as some specialists affirm, Dámaso Pérez Prado was not the creator of the mambo, it is indisputable that it was he who brought it to the maximum of its splendor in the fifties of the twentieth century.
The Latin Institute of Music (ILM) celebrated the centennial of its foundation on Sunday with online events in several Latin American countries, due to the difficult epidemiological situation facing the world due to the new coronavirus affecting the planet for over a year.
Born in rural areas, but later extended to urban areas, the Cuban Punto (music genre), awarded Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, reflects authentic roots of national identity, with increasing promotion among the younger generations.
The award ceremony of the Batuta Award, the Grammy's counterpart for classical and concert music, was postponed until December 4 of this year, due to the epidemiological situation caused by Covid-19 in the world.
Diverse generations of Cubans, lovers of the legendary band The Beatles and others who also made an era in music, turned the Yellow Submarine cultural center into a temple where perhaps you can breathe nostalgia, but above all you can listen to good music.
Created a year ago, Real Maravilloso is a project that has just begun to “take its first steps”. However, it has already been very well received by the public, due to the variety of musical genres it performs, especially pieces from the Cuban songbook.
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Manolito Simonet, pianist, composer, orchestrator and music producer, is one of the most outstanding exponents of the popular dance genre in Cuba. In 1993, he founded his group, El Trabuco, which has been dedicated to promoting and giving prestige to Cuban culture on both national and international stages.