Music of Cuba

  1. This Ain't No Buena Vista: Meet Five Cuban Artists to Watch

    December 19, 2014 9:02 AM EST All of these artists, like many other musicians from Cuba, have already performed in the United States, and their albums are available through all of the U.S. digital music services. President Obama’s announced changes in current Cuba policy may ...

  2. Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club Miss U.S. Show

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first of three U.S. concerts scheduled by Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club was canceled because of a delay in getting U.S. visas, their U.S. lawyer said. The band made famous in a 1999 documentary by German director Wim Wenders was supposed ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. What 'Buena Vista Social Club' Might Have Sounded Like

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Although the 16th La Mar de Musicas festival in Cartagena, Spain, between July 9-24 is dedicated this year to Colombia, it kicks off with London record label boss Nick Gold seeing his dream come true of bringing together musicians from Cuba and Ma ...

  6. Bebo Valdes To Be Honored At Premios De La Musica

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Cuban-born pianist Bebo Valdes is to receive the honorary Latin music award at the 14th Premios de la Musica gala to be held in Madrid on March 4, the managing committee of the Spanish Academy of Music Arts and Sciences announced. Valdes, 92, has ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Cuban Govt Honors Kool And The Gang

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cuban culture minister Abel Prieto presented U.S. band Kool & the Gang with an honorary award from the Cubadisco 2009 Festival, given to artists who contribute "to human improvement," Cuban media reported. Cubadisco is the annual Cub ...

  9. Cuban Artists Allowed To Perform In US

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in six years, Cuban musicians will be allowed to perform in the United States. The U.S. State Department has supplied visas to veteran singer Omara Portuondo to perform shows in California at the end of October, and also to sing ...

  10. Juanes, Miguel Bose Defend Cuba Peace Concert

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Only a hurricane can cancel the historic and controversial concert to be held this Sunday (Sept. 20) in Cuba, Spanish singer Miguel Bosé said today (Sept. 17) in a press conference in Madrid arranged especially to counter criticism that the event ...

  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. Ojos De Brujo Members Refused U.K. Visas

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Leading Spanish hip-hop/flamenco fusion act Ojos de Brujo had to cancel its London concert at the Roundhouse venue, because the United Kingdom consulate in Madrid refused to issue visas to the band's two Cuban musicians. Ojos de Brujo's ...

  14. Buena Vista Social Club Bassist Lopez Dead At 76

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, considered the "heartbeat" of Cuba's legendary Buena Vista Social Club for his internationally acclaimed bass playing, died Monday of complications from prostate surgery, fellow musicians said. He ...

  15. Cubadisco Music Fair To Test U.S. Blockade

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Puerto Rico is to be the guest territory at the 2009 Cubadisco music fair in Havana between May 16 and 24, even though the territory is affected by the U.S. blockade. Organisers of the Cuban music event, which is now in its thirteenth year, say th ...

  16. Barnasants Readies Release Of Aute's Cuba Concert

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new Spanish joint venture label is planning to launch a CD-book and DVD of a tribute concert for veteran Spanish singer/songwriter Luis Eduardo Aute. The Barnasants-Canción de Autor label was created last year by Barcelona's Barnasants sing ...

  17. Cuban Bass Player Israel Lopez 'Cachao' Dies

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cuban bass player Israel López "Cachao," whose place in history as one of the creators of the mambo was forgotten literally for decades before he was rediscovered and launched to a broad audience in the 1990s, has died. He was 89 years o ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Cuban Trombonist Jiménez Dies At 90

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Legendary Cuban trombonist Generoso Jiménez, who redefined the role of the trombone in Cuban music and Latin jazz, died Sept. 15 in Miami of renal failure. He was 90 years old. The prolific and tireless Jiménez worked nearly to the day of his deat ...

  20. '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 ...

  21. '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 ...

  22. Buena Vista Social Club Singer Dies

    August 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ibrahim Ferrer was 78. Cuban son and bolero singer Ibrahim Ferrer, one of the stars of the 1990s Buena Vista Social Club CD series, died Saturday (Aug. 6) in Havana at 78. He will be buried today (Aug. 8). Ferrer had returned three days earlier fr ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. BMG Pub Spain Buys APA Catalog

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 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 BMG Music Publishing Spain has acquir ...