THE RUMBA, SOUL OF THE NATION

CUBANOW presents a group of works on this music genre – an expression of Cuban folklore that beats in the heart of the Island, and will contribute to greater knowledge of its origins; the contribution of abakuá; the male and female rumba dancers that made it great; the way in which it has been reflected in poetry, theater, dance, plastic arts and the movies; the diaspora before and after 1959; the “chinitos de la Corea”; and the innovative “guarapachangueo”…

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Iván Carbonell Guerra (Machuty), is an art instructor who was born in Camagüey in 1984.  He has taught workshops in Drawing, Painting and Art Appreciation for community projects of Floridain municipality in the province of Camagüey. His plastic visions pertaining to the environment are put into practice in his World Cultural Heritage city, and his online interactive art project entitled SOS por la Naturaleza (SOS for Nature) is an example. Member of the Hermanos Saíz Association (AHS), he includes community actions in his artistic work that impact lifestyles. 

With many exhibitions and awards won in the country, mainly in Camagüey, Matuchy approaches Cubanow to share with you, the reader, his work.

 

Translated by Roberto Espí Valero

Revised by Simon Wollers

There Was No Initiation Ceremony: José Manuel Prieto in Cuban Literature

With clear intention and without sacrificing literary quality, writer and translator José Manuel Prieto (Havana, 1962), although he lives outside of Cuba, does not include in his narrative texts any symbolic glimmer or spaces identifiable with some place of national geography or history.

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Wendy Guerra: Postmodern Updating of the Diary as a Genre

Cuban writer Wendy Guerra (Havana, 1970) enjoys widespread distribution in international media and circuits. Her novels are built from diaries, thanks to which protagonists can tell their stories from a very personal vision and free from sociopolitical and moral imperatives.

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Nicolás Heredia: between Light and Shadow

Nicolás Heredia (Santo Domingo, 1855-U.S.A., 1901) did not hide his admiration for the society of the United States, which he regarded as a model for Cubans to follow. However, in his best known novel he warned that "what is planned in the North is not easily done in the South."

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Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, the Great

The writing of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda (Camagüey, 1814-Madrid, 1873), ambitious and adventurous, sought its subjects in various epochs and numerous nations. She left us an erudite and bookish work, both passionate and reflective, which highlights an ongoing concern: social marginalization.

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  • Ernán López-Nussa Takes us Closer to the Divine

    With a versatile and innovative CD that combines classical and popular elements, the virtuoso musician has won the CUBADISCO Grand Prize once again.

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    The Villa Manuela Gallery is Ten Years Old

    In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Villa Manuela Gallery will offer an exhibition with 19 contemporary Cuban artists, all who been a part of its history.

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    Latin America Doctv: a Desire for Integration

    La Isla y los Signos (Raydel Araoz), award winner in the fourth edition of the Competition for Documentary Projects organized by the Program to Promote Production and Broadcasting of Latin American Documentaries, known as Latin America Doctv, premiered in the Charles Chaplin Theater in Havana.

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    Tayabacoa: The Landing of the Invasion

    With the story of the Sánchez-Roloff Expedition, which occurred in the summer of 1895, this series of works on the forgotten dramas of the Cuban independence wars, specifically in the center of the country, comes to an end.

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    Sábado Corto According to Teatro D’Dos, 30 Years Later

    The memorable play Sábado corto turns 30 years old. To celebrate it, the group Teatro D’Dos is now staging it in the main hall of Havana’s Raquel Revuelta Cultural Complex.

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    The Creator of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck at Havana’s Hotel Nacional

    Walt Disney was a hard-working and talented artist gifted with far-sighted vision and the capacity to materialize what he imagined. In time this would make him known as the Magician of animated cartoons, who founded enterprises, studios and developed techniques valid still today.

    Between Zanjón and Jarao: The Forgotten Feat of General Bonachea

    Another forgotten drama of Cuban independence during the lesser known years of the wars (February 1868 - April 1879).

    Meñique: the Cuban Odyssey

    After six and a half years of uninterrupted work, Cuban animation director Ernesto Padrón’s major work, Meñique, the first animated feature made with 3D technique in the largest of the Antilles, premiered in Cuba

    Arturo Sotto: “I’m Interested in the Creator's Artistic Honesty”

    With a bet on “film divertissement,” Boccaccerías habaneras, the most recent feature film by Cuban filmmaker Arturo Sotto, gets to the world of cinema.

    Combining Our Riches

    On the joint work carried out by the Cuban Film Institute and the National Film Center of Venezuela