Cuba

  1. What the U.S.-Cuba Breakthrough Could Mean for Music

    December 17, 2014 9:43 PM EST How could restoring diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba impact musicians in both countries? According to information released by the White House on Wednesday (Dec. 17), after President Obama announced the historic détente, hi ...

  2. Muted Hurrahs For Easing of Cuban Sanctions

    December 17, 2014 7:29 PM EST President Obama’s announcement that he planned to “normalize” relationships with Cuba was met with muted response from the Latin music industry. The demureness could simply be attributed to the season; Christmas is around the corner. But also, m ...

  3. 'System' Looks to Go Worldwide

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 'Cuban soul rock' artist Alex Cuba looks to Europe, U.S. after bringing Latin sounds to his home in Canada. Alex Cuba isn't a fan of labeling-especially when it comes to describing his own music. His influences range from Jimi Hendr ...

  4. Cristian Castro Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    June 02, 2011 9:07 PM EDT Mexican star Cristian Castro, whose album "Viva El Príncipe" has been one of the year's biggest success stories, will launch the first leg of his U.S. tour, beginning July 28 at V Live in Chicago. Castro's "Viva El Príncip ...

  5. Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club To Play U.S., Europe

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club will make its first appearance in the United States since 2003, with concerts this week in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles before heading off to Europe. The Cuban band will be the latest of Cuba's enterta ...

  6. Silvio Rodriguez's Watershed Moment

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Silvio Rodríguez’s sold out June 4 concert at Carnegie Hall will be a watershed moment. Often referred to as “The voice of the Cuban Revolution,” Rodríguez, whose poetic ballads have become anthems for more than a generation of followers throughou ...

  7. Calle 13 Rocks Cuba, Braces For Miami Backlash

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Puerto Rico's Calle 13 brought its edgy mix of reggaeton and hip-hop to Cuba's capital, rocking thousands of screaming fans from an outdoor stage while serving up a heaping dose of bitterness toward U.S. policy. The Grammy-winning group ...

  8. Cuba's Los Van Van Plan Long-Awaited U.S. Tour

    December 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Grammy-winning Cuban band Los Van Van are celebrating 40 years of salsa revolution with a long-awaited return to the United States. Often called the 'Rolling Stones of salsa', the group will perform in Key West, Florida on January 28, en ...

  9. Cubans Flock To Iconic Plaza For 'Peace Concert'

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hundreds of thousands of Cubans flocked to sprawling Revolution Plaza on Sunday for an open-air "peace concert" headlined by Colombian rocker Juanes, an event criticized by some Cuban-Americans who say the performers were lending support ...

  10. Juanes 'Peace' Concert Stirs Debate Over Cuba

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Plans for Colombian rocker Juanes' "Peace Without Borders" concert in Cuba Sept. 20 continue despite an unabated maelstrom of debate and opinion that the show that will be staged in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución. Although det ...

  11. Sting, Edin Karamazov Honored At Cubadisco

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. singer Sting and Bosnian lute player Edin Karamazov won one of three International awards at the 13th Cubadisco music trade fair in Havana, for their album "Songs From The Labyrinth" (Deutsche Grammaphon). Cubadisco is held this yea ...

  12. Obama Raises Hopes For Revived Interest In Cuban Music

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As the annual Cuban music trade fair Cubadisco kicks off May 16 in Havana, promoters in the United States are hoping that a thaw in relations with Cuba could revive interest in the island's music. Encouraged by President Barack Obama's r ...

  13. Cuban Punk Aguila Avoids Jail

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cuban punk rock singer Gorki Aguila has escaped a four-year jail sentence after charges against him were reduced. Aguila and his band Porno Para Ricardo are relatively little-known on the island and do not play concerts, but release their music on ...

  14. Cuba Ends Restriction On Cellular Phones

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cuba said on Friday it will allow all Cubans to buy and use mobile telephones for the first time in the latest step by new President Raul Castro to improve access to consumer goods. Cuba has the lowest rate of cellular telephone use in Latin Ameri ...

  15. Cuba's Rodríguez Gets Digital Debut

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The 21-album catalog of Silvio Rodríguez has been made available in digital form for the first time, thanks to a unique deal between iTunes and sDae, the digital division of the Spanish authors' and publishers' society, SGAE. Rodríguez i ...

  16. Cubadisco Rumbas On

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cuba's May 17-25 Cubadisco music trade fair will be dedicated to "Africa, its Diaspora and Music." Each year Cubadisco pays tribute to a guest country or region. This year's 11th edition will focus on the Caribbean region in ge ...

  17. Cuba's 'El Guayabero' Dies At 95

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Faustino Oramas, the last surviving member of a comic street music tradition popular in the Oriente region of eastern Cuban, died Tuesday of liver cancer aged 95 in his hometown of Holguin, eastern Cuba. Cuban state television said acting presiden ...

  18. 'Buena Vista' Singer Leiva Dies

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Singer Pio Leiva, a Cuban music legend of the 20th century who formed part of the Grammy-winning "Buena Vista Social Club," died on Thursday (March 23) in Havana of a heart attack. The 88-year-old had Singer Pio Leiva, a Cuban music lege ...

  19. 'Buena Vista' Singer Leiva Dies

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Singer Pio Leiva, a Cuban music legend of the 20th century who formed part of the Grammy-winning "Buena Vista Social Club," died on Thursday (March 23) in Havana of a heart attack. The 88-year-old had Singer Pio Leiva, a Cuban music lege ...

  20. BMG Pub Spain Buys APA Catalog

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Repertoire features 1,200 songs. BMG Music Publishing Spain has acquired all the copyrights owned by Autores & Productores Asociados, one of Spain's biggest independent music publishers and a specialist in traditional Cuban music. The cat ...