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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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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  • Juan Carlos Tabío and the Challenge of the Serious Laugh

    Comedy is an essential discursive strategy, established as one of the most efficient communicative resources for broaching the main zones of conflict in Cuban society. The present text offers a brief and relevant analysis of this strategy in some of the works of Juan Carlos Tabío, National Prize Winner in Film.

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    La Rampa: The Final Voice of Mario Coyula

    Renowned Cuban architect Mario Coyula, author of numerous works of enormous value for national patrimony, died recently in Havana. The following interview, perhaps his last statements to the press, was given by him in the midst of the distress about death.

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    The Charisma of Eddy Chibás

    Eddy Chibás, a Cuban who restored public faith by focussing on ethics in the national politics of his time.

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    Leonardo Favio, from music to movies and vice versa

    Composer and filmmaker, singer and actor: the quadruple talented Argentinean Leonardo Favio

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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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    Luis Carbonell: on the Olympus of Cuban culture

    Beloved and respected by the public, admired by several generations of Cubans who acknowledged him as their master, the memory of Luis Mariano Carbonell Pullés (1923-2014), known as the Acuarelista de la Poesía Antillana (roughly translated as the Watercolorist of Caribbean Poetry) will always remain alive in Cuba. He said goodbye to us recently, in this fateful year for Cuban culture.

    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.