Music

The record the Beatles, Bob Dylan or the Stones never made November 30, 2014 23:06

The record the Beatles, Bob Dylan or the Stones never made

Two Bob Dylan bootleg records have begun circulating in Spain accompanied by until now unknown revelations, such as the fact that he was interested [...]
 
A documentary on DJs November 30, 2014 21:45

A documentary on DJs

A film premiere is set to take place on the 4th of December in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “LADO A” explores the world of musical [...]
 
Cuban children’s festival in London November 16, 2014 02:01

Cuban children’s festival in London

A Cuban event will take place in Bolivar Hall on the 23rd of November for children and anyone who wants to enjoy the Caribbean [...]
 
 
Valentina Montoya Martínez sings to free the silence October 5, 2014 03:53

Valentina Montoya Martínez sings to free the silence

A Chilean singer living in Edinburgh, her life and work are profoundly marked by her political exile to the UK in 1977, when she [...]
 
The arrival of the classics of French music September 26, 2014 01:25

The arrival of the classics of French music

The 1 October, in London, a choir with artists from the Brandenburg Choral Festival will be performing in St Clement Danes church.   A [...]
 
The story of how Lennon’s  strawberry fields came to be July 26, 2014 21:40

The story of how Lennon’s strawberry fields came to be

 The fact that John Lennon wrote ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ in Almeria has been referred to before in historical accounts about the Beatles but the [...]
 
 
José Luís Lara : Venezuela’s musical side May 11, 2014 00:04

José Luís Lara : Venezuela’s musical side

Internationally recognised Venezuelan musician, composer and teacher, José Luís Lara  has brought his music to more than 19 countries, with an ability to innovate [...]
 
Latin American music connecting countries April 20, 2014 03:31

Latin American music connecting countries

Next Friday 25th of April, London will be witness the concert of Venezuelan guitarist Jose Luis Lara.   The free event will take place [...]
 
Changuito: his disappointment, gratitude and the mystery March 23, 2014 23:02

Changuito: his disappointment, gratitude and the mystery

“Chango… the mysterious… breaks the paila[i]!” was the cry from Pedrito Calvo some three decades ago, when the Cuban orchestra Van Van was warming [...]
 
 
Human Rights Cinema March 10, 2014 08:27

Human Rights Cinema

Human Rights Watch will present the eighteenth edition of its film festival, from the 18th to the 28th of March, bringing spectators face to [...]
 
Steve Early…The saxophonist March 9, 2014 17:28

Steve Early…The saxophonist

He works as an accountant and plays as much as possible in a Jazz band in Brighton. He was listening to Louis Armstrong when [...]
 
The Vikings disembark in London March 2, 2014 15:26

The Vikings disembark in London

An exhibition about the history of these colonists will run at the British Museum between the 6th of March and 22nd June, in the [...]
 
 
Buena Vista stars hold concert for Cuban Five March 2, 2014 00:01

Buena Vista stars hold concert for Cuban Five

Cuba’s musical royalty as well internationally renowned literary icons will be performing in London in support of the international campaign for justice for the five Cubans [...]
 
The unclassifiable music of Canteca de Macao February 23, 2014 00:01

The unclassifiable music of Canteca de Macao

Without being commercial stars they have made achieved a recognition which especially in Spain, guarantees them followers in the ‘underground’ scene for their music [...]
 
In Ghana: M’biguá’s transatlantic music February 16, 2014 05:23

In Ghana: M’biguá’s transatlantic music

In the western cultural hegemony ‘Transatlantic’ is assumed to mean the journey between Europe and the USA, but in this case the crossing is [...]
 
 
 

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  • Comments, In Focus Rich and poor… Mind the gap!

    Rich and poor… Mind the gap!

    The gap between rich and poor has magnified in the last decades in the UK, and more generally in the whole world. The question is: should we mind the gap?     Mabel Encinas   In the UK, 1% of the population receives 14% of the national income. In the world the 80 richest own the same wealth...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus 20,000 Days On Earth

    20,000 Days On Earth

    All power to the new bio-pic about Nick Cave: singer, songwriter, front man for the Bad Seeds, author, all-round polymath and renaissance genius.   Steve Latham   The movie purports to describe a single day in the life of Nick Cave, summing up the 20,000 days of his life. In practice the film...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages In defence of youthful expression

    In defence of youthful expression

    Every new generation is apathetic. How can they be otherwise, when the intellectual motivation that comes from books or the older generation’s half-forgotten memories is no match for the experience of being personally committed to a cause?   Armando Orozco Tovar   The older generation of...

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  • Culture, Europe, Globe, On Stage An erotic show that subverts the male gaze: UmColetivo

    An erotic show that subverts the male gaze: UmColetivo

    The enunciation of the words is an oral expression, which also exists in sexual relations. But very often the man seems to be the one with the power to speak, here it is the women.   Entrevista: Graham Douglas Potos: Alipio Padilha   The Animatografo is discreetly placed in a very central position...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen El Salvador… through women’s eyes

    El Salvador… through women’s eyes

    Until the 20th of January, the cultural centre, Rich Mix will be hosting the exhibition Stories of El Salvador (Historias de El Salvador). This exhibition tells of the primary role that the women of El Salvador have played during the Central American country’s recent history.   Defying the...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus NY – 9/11 Memorial

    NY – 9/11 Memorial

    During our recent trip to New York, my wife and I thought it was only respectful to visit the 9/11 memorial.   Photo by Gabri Micha – Flickr.com Steve Latham   It didn’t feature high on our initial list of priorities for site-seeing. But so many people were insistent that we needed...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, Latin America, United Kingdom Mexico-UK, dual year

    Mexico-UK, dual year

    2015 is Mexico-UK Dual Year, a year in which the governments of both countries decided to celebrate each other, and to promote business, cooperation and bilateral relationships. Can we be a part of it?   Mabel Encinas   The disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa in Mexico was the straw...

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  • Culture, Globe, Listings, On Stage, United Kingdom Circolombia to return in spring

    Circolombia to return in spring

    Following the resounding success of “Urban” in 2011, circus performance company Circolombia will bring its latest production to the London stage from the 14th of April to the 3rd of May 2015.   Photo from Circolombia Facebook Cristina Lago   The latest Circolombia production is inspired by...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus London is dying

    London is dying

    The young people who are critical for any city’s prosperity are leaving London. Property prices, rents and sales are rising so astronomically, that only the super-rich are able to live in there.   Steve Latham   Gentrification often prices people out of inner city areas. Now central London...

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  • Comments, In Focus Ernest Hemingway… the sentry and its roar

    Ernest Hemingway… the sentry and its roar

    When I was starting to think of how to take a book, the enormous head of the watching beast turned to me from eternity, roaring. For the Cuban journalist Miriam Rodríguez Betancourt, winner of the José Martí National Journalism Award.   Ernest Hemingway Armando Orozco Tovar   Gabriel ‘Gabo’...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Screen Urban dance and surfing Angola to Brazil: M. Patrocinio

    Urban dance and surfing Angola to Brazil: M. Patrocinio

    Countries once forced together by colonialism and the slave trade, now find connections in cultural entrepreneurship and the Portuguese language. Small independent film-makers have a role in promoting African and Brazilian culture for their contemporary value, not as tourist clichés.   Graham...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus I want to be Bo Ningen

    I want to be Bo Ningen

    I went to see Bo Ningen and Savages perform their sonic poem, “Word for the Blind”. An event organised by the Barbican at the Oval Space in East London.   Steve Latham   To use the old cliché: ‘It blew me away’. The piece had been developed by the two bands, using Dadaist poetry as...

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  • Comments, In Focus Isidoro Morantes: the guerrilla fighter’s brother who makes shoes

    Isidoro Morantes: the guerrilla fighter’s brother who makes shoes

    Isidoro Morantes still works as a shoemaker in Bogotá, yet his life has been far from easy. He has suffered considerable persecution at the hands of Colombian government security forces as a result of the activities of his brother, Jacobo Arenas, one of the leaders of FARC.   Jacobo Arenas Armando...

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  • Comments, In Focus Experience and prejudices

    Experience and prejudices

    A colleague of mine was telling me how she felt awkward speaking to her university tutor, who is a famous academic in the world of sociology. She left me to ponder whether a person’s place within social “hierarchy’”is the only factor in forming relationships with others.   Mabel Encinas   In ...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Killing kids

    Killing kids

    Belgium has become the first European country in modern times to pass legislation permitting child euthanasia. The killing fields have returned, this time in so-called civilised Europe. We are killing kids.   Steve Latham   Strictly speaking the law, passed in February, may not be euthanasia,...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Needle's Eye “True Self” or “New Self”?

    “True Self” or “New Self”?

    In an otherwise excellent book, Abbot Christopher Jamison encourages his readers to seek their “true self”“. Is this sheer mysticism, rooted in romantic fantasy?   Nigel Pocock   Do people really have a “true self” lurking deeply within? Waiting to be found, if only we knew how? Even...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, Globe, In Focus, United Kingdom The Latin American diaspora: identity and recognition

    The Latin American diaspora: identity and recognition

    Immigrants reconstruct their identities, transfer their customs, traditions and cultural symbols, and adapt themselves to a different environment.   Claudio Chipana*   The Latin–American diasporas are acquiring a growing role and influence around the world, in the construction of Latin–American...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Visiting the Favelas

    Visiting the Favelas

    During the summer I took a team of students to find out about projects in Brazil, especially in the favelas, in particular the shanty towns around Rio de Janeiro.   Steve Latham   We visited one project, run by Youth With A Mission, which developed initiatives to serve and empower the local...

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  • Comments, In Focus San Victorino, that vast territory

    San Victorino, that vast territory

    According to Lucas Fernández Piedrahita, “Bogotá was awarded city status on July 27th, 1540. And, in his article “My people”, Alberto Lleras writes “Who knows why everything that is ours was on the side of San Victorino…”   Armando Orozco Tovar   He adds: “On the corner where...

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  • Culture, Visual Arts New lands and liquid identities

    New lands and liquid identities

    “Everyone experiences these things differently, it isn’t just instability but also a sense of disquiet, states of being that are difficult to describe”, says photographer Virgilio Ferreira.   Graham Douglas Photos:  Luisa Tavares/ Antonio Perez   The lives of southern Europeans who migrated...

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