Eliades Ochoa, Privileged to Play Guitar

I feel very privileged because what I like is playing the guitar, affirmed Eliades Ochoa, referring to his recent nomination for the Latin Grammy Awards in the category of Best Traditional Tropical Album.

It’s not the first time Eliades Ochoa has been nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards, but on this occasion it acquires special connotation aspiring to win in the category of Best Tropical Album with the recording Eliades Ochoa and el Cuarteto Patria. El Eliades que soy. Eliades Ochoa shares the scene with Cuarteto Patria, a very prestigious group in Cuban musical history ever since it appeared in 1939, under the direction of Francisco Cobas La O.

It is, besides, his first collaboration with the Bis Music label. This double album includes a CD and a DVD, the latter with the documentary El Eliades que soy, with text and direction by José Manuel García Suárez. As Bis Music producer José Manuel García expressed: “This is the recording we dreamed of doing for a long time. We wondered what its concept would be and decided to go back to Cuarteto Patria’s ...


Hemingway: Also a Heavyweight in Film

A recent film, Hemingway & Gellhorn (with Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman) reveals the existence of a documentary on the Spanish Civil War, Tierra de España, directed by Joris Ivens in 1937, with texts by Hemingway… and his voice in off, too!


Columbus’ Juana – Archipelago or Continent?

On his first voyage to the so-called New World, Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) dedicated more than one month to exploring the coasts of Cuba and a month and a half during the second voyage. He had taken the fancy to prove that the land he had baptized as Juana was part of the continent, and he made his men swear to this.


I Just Want Cubans to Love Me

Thus states the prestigious dancer and choreographer of Ukrainian origin, Vladimir Málakhov, after organizing the First International Dance Competition of the North Atlantic in Holguín, Cuba.


Tilín Guajiro, Tilín Cubano: a Novel by Carlos Enríquez

The narrative work of important avant-garde painter Carlos Enríquez (Las Villas, 1900-Havana, 1957) was only known here and there through some short stories that appeared in Cuban magazines, until the publication of his first novel, set in the island’s countryside.