“Aleluya” for Olga Tañón, who’s delivered a Spanish adaption of Leonard Cohen’s emotional classic “Hallelujah” to Youtube. Tañón sent a personal message of Christmas spirit by performing the song with her daughter. Gabriella is a special needs student whose challenges and triumphs have been revealed by Tañón over the years.
A look at the ups and downs of U.S. and Cuba’s musical relationship over the past five decades traces politics’ influence on art while revealing artistic triumphs, personal tragedies and the diplomatic power of music.
President Obama’s announced changes in current Cuba policy may increase Cuban artists’ presence on U.S. stages, or maybe even, eventually, on the charts. Or they may not What is clear is that if you don’t know these artists from Cuba, the time is now.
Joaquin Sabina’s first solo concert in five years in his native Spain sold 15,000 tickets in less than an hour, so emotions were high all around at showtime on Saturday (Dec. 13) at Madrid’s Barclaycard Center -- but no higher anywhere than on the stage itself, where one of Spain’s most acclaimed artists broke into tears several times during an intense performance of well-known songs to a home crowd.