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Danzón: a dance that overcame discrimination and racism February 28, 2015 17:28

Danzón: a dance that overcame discrimination and racism

The first night of 1879 was calm and fresh, and those attending the Artistic and Literary School, currently the Sala José White, rested after [...]
 
“Hay quien precisa”: a song about identity and roots February 7, 2015 16:16

“Hay quien precisa”: a song about identity and roots

Venezuelan folk singer Cecilia Todd and Cuban singer-songwriter Liuba María Hevia are combining their unique voices in a compilation album that includes some of [...]
 
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 [...]
 
 
 

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    The Grandson… Argentina and its’ missing people

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    Women!

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    What does UKIP mean?

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    The illustrators of life

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    Angelika Berndt and the invisible culture

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    Words to remember Clarice Lispector

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    Danzón: a dance that overcame discrimination and racism

    The first night of 1879 was calm and fresh, and those attending the Artistic and Literary School, currently the Sala José White, rested after performing a dance.    Wilfredo Alayón   At the conductor’s signal, an orchestra that had regaled those at the soirée on 1st January began to play...

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    Power, for whom?

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    Birdman flies

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  • Comments, In Focus, Migrants, Multiculture The great battle announced by women

    The great battle announced by women

    Yesterday I found myself on a pavement in Las Aguas, where – amongst other books for 1000 pesos (30p) – I saw “Memoirs of a Standard Bearer”, by the 19th Century writer and painter José María Espinosa, and published in the 71 volumen15 by the Banco Popular.   Armando Orozco Tovar   They...

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    Ventura Pons and Ignasi M: “Films are what directors are”

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    Greeks bearing gifts

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    Faces and traces

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    Terror & democracy in Islam

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    Parallel London

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    Young Jihadis: fighting the good fight… or the bad one?

    In the current hysteria about jihadi attacks in Europe, a sober analysis is important, to assess the real risks we face while also understanding their sources. What are the deeper psychological and social motives of volunteer jihadis? What part does the Islamic theory of war play, and what happened to...

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    Art and aftermath of war in Colombia

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    “Hay quien precisa”: a song about identity and roots

    Venezuelan folk singer Cecilia Todd and Cuban singer-songwriter Liuba María Hevia are combining their unique voices in a compilation album that includes some of the most successful songs of their careers.   Cecilia Todd, photo from corriente-alterna.net Martha Sánchez   For them, 2015 began in Havana...

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