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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Photo Gallery

Someone once wrote that one of the great potentials of art is its capacity to offer an open dialog on the complexity of the world and of existence. In this relationship of multiple meanings of praxis/representation, the creator transforms him/herself into a vehicle that detects groups of problems, condenses subjectivities, calls attention to certain conflictive zones of his/her immediate reality and does so thanks to the art work – a mysterious empire of the symbols where we remain reflected per speculum et in aenigmate.

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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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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Marilyn Bobes: Female and postmodern enclaves of contemporary literature

Cuban fiction written by women in this century frequently turns to stories in first person, to female protagonists and to questions on identity, all of them combined with meta-fictional exercises involving autobiographical questions. This is the case of Marilyn Bobes’ work.

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  • Vecinos by Enrique Colina: The Author and His Narrators in a True Story

    Reflection about Vecinos (1985), a documentary by Cuban filmmaker Enrique Colina.

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    Imalabra: Retrospective of Antonio Martorell on His 75th Birthday

    More than four decades of work are summarized in Imalabra, the showcase by Antonio Martorell presented in the Universal Art building of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

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    An Artistic Map’s Memories

    Staring from revealing approaches to the Yoruba pantheon, visual artist Lino Vizcaíno’s work discourses on contemporary issues.

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    Lucho Gatica: The Everlasting Bolero Singer

    While Cuba and Mexico had a friendly quarrel about the authorship of the bolero, Lucho Gatica enjoyed great popularity and recognition with his performances of the disputed genre.

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    Alberto Delgado, cará... Four Decades after El hombre de Maisinicú

    Reflections on El hombre de Maisinicú (1973) by Manuel Pérez Paredes – a film vicissitudes of fate left submerged in a certain zone of silence within Cuban film historiography.

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    Catalina and Juan Pedro: Love beyond Death

    A boundless passion united Catalina and Juan Pedro, who decided to live in plenitude the passion of a relationship that challenged conventionalism and prejudices of their day.

    Calixto García and His Memorable Letter to Shafter

    There are events forever tied to the honor of men, as happened during the Spanish surrender to the U.S. army in Cuba (1898), in which they tried to ignore Cuba’s leading role.

    Cuba 24 Hours: another way of looking at present-day Cuba

    Cuba 24 hours (www.cuba24horas.com): the first web 2.0 entirely devoted to Cuban content is now a reality.

    Roberto Faz: The Sonero with the Right Tune and Rhythm

    The seaside neighborhood of Regla has among its famous sons Roberto Faz, whom singer Tito Gómez considered Cuba’s finest white sonero.

    The Una raza/La Havana-Key West Project at the Museum of Fine Arts

    A bridge between Havana and Key West through the work of Mario Sánchez :the first artistic exchange between a Cuban and U.S. museum in more than five decades.