Music

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 [...]
 
“Boliwood” and dancing in Bolivar Hall January 19, 2014 07:14

“Boliwood” and dancing in Bolivar Hall

The Boliwood festival will showcase to the London public each Tuesday a series of feature films about celebrities from Venezuela’s history. And the schedule [...]
 
Dámaso, your name is Mambo! December 16, 2013 14:48

Dámaso, your name is Mambo!

He would have been 97 years of age a few days ago, and although he was not a protagonist in his own land, he [...]
 
 
International and vibrant: the London Jazz Festival November 10, 2013 02:01

International and vibrant: the London Jazz Festival

From November 15th 2013, a variety of London stages will play host to this musical event as it celebrates its 21st year.     [...]
 
Heavy Metal and Baroque: Enriki Solinis’ fusion October 28, 2013 02:50

Heavy Metal and Baroque: Enriki Solinis’ fusion

In his recitals, the Spanish guitar player manages to unite seemingly antagonistic melodies, but he captivates, convinces and does it well.   Charly Morales [...]
 
Music and drugs: a friendship that goes back a long way October 13, 2013 00:03

Music and drugs: a friendship that goes back a long way

Music and drugs, drugs and music, they seem to go hand in hand. History has left us many examples of the degradation an artist [...]
 
 
 

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  • Culture, Listings, Migrants, Multiculture, Visual Arts One journey, many stories

    One journey, many stories

    A photographic exhibition showcases immigration through photography and will be taking place from the 4th until the 10th of October, in Shoreditch Town Hall, London.   The exhibition is entitled “My journey: Stories of London Migrants” and consists of six photographic reports that demonstrate...

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  • Culture, Listings, Visual Arts Latin American art returns to Berlin

    Latin American art returns to Berlin

    The 25th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall will be commemorated through the exhibition “Borders and Bridges”.   Photo from explorerberlin.blogspot During the event there will be art exhibitions, films, talks, music and a festival. The opening of the exhibition “Borders and Bridges”...

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  • Culture, Listings, Visual Arts Latin Jazz Festival Returns to London

    Latin Jazz Festival Returns to London

    From 23rd to 27th September, Brazilian, Cuban, Venezuelan and British artists will be performing in the British capital.   The event, which celebrates its second year in the UK, will include a wide range of music which will be performed in more than five concerts. The invited artists will play Latin...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus The boss of what?

    The boss of what?

    Nearing the end of its run, “The boss of it all is a light, but witty”, confectionary written by Lars Von Trier. Originally a film, it has been adapted for the stage by Jack MCNamara.   Steve Latham   Performed by the New Perspectives company, at the Soho Theatre, the piece is acted superbly...

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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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  • Culture, Listings, Visual Arts Buenos Aires: Coppola & Zuviria

    Buenos Aires: Coppola & Zuviria

    This photographic exhibition will be taking place on the 20th and 21st of September, during London Open House..   Photo by Edwardx The photographs displayed at the residence of the Ambassador of Argentina were captured by the photographers Horacio Coppola and Facundo de Zuviria. Both artists were born...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Living in Fractured Times

    Living in Fractured Times

    Eric Hobsbawm’s posthumous book, Fractured Times, is a scintillating collection of essays covering the cultural history of Europe through the Twentieth Century.   Steve Latham   The volume is panoramic in its scope: covering inter alia the role of arts festivals, the development of Jewish...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen A showcase of Latin American cinema and music

    A showcase of Latin American cinema and music

    Films and concerts from Latin America will be in the multicultural city of London from 9th of September to 9th of October.   In this month devoted to cinema and music, there will be film screenings, as part of the “Bolíwood” Festival (as in Bolivar, not Bollywood) and concerts, all with Latin...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus An Englishman for Scotland

    An Englishman for Scotland

    When we were up in Edinburgh for the Festival, we expected there to be lots of references to the independence issue.   Steve Latham   Suprisingly, most of the acts, stand-up comedians included, fought shy of the question. This does not seem to have been due to any self-censorship. Instead, the...

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  • Culture, Listings, Migrants, Multiculture, Screen Ghosts, memories and traumas of Mexico

    Ghosts, memories and traumas of Mexico

    A symposium taking place on 12th September will analyse the form in which varieties of emotion, and personal and collective experiences, can be expressed visually, with particular reference to Mexico and the 20th and 21st centuries.   Under the title ‘Specular Ghosts: Memory and Trauma in Mexican...

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  • Culture, Pages Nepomuceno, Gabo and the memories

    Nepomuceno, Gabo and the memories

    Eric Nepomuceno was a thirty-something Brazilian journalist with a budding career when he landed in Havana during the summer of 1978. Almost before he could brush off the dust from the road he attended a meeting that would be a turning point in his life.   Eric NepomucenoPhoto from orelhadolivro.com Francisco...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages 100 years of  playing cyclops, 50 years of Rayuela

    100 years of playing cyclops, 50 years of Rayuela

    “Would I find La Maga? Most of the time it was just a case of my putting in an appearance, going along the Rue de Seine to the arch leading into la Quaid de Conti, and I would see her slender form against the olive ashen which floats along the river as she crossed back and forth on the Pont des Art,...

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  • Culture, Screen Mariano Bartolomeu: pointing a camera in many directions

    Mariano Bartolomeu: pointing a camera in many directions

    Between 1989 and 2008 he made a large number of short films influenced by European directors and European and North American writers. Now he feels it is time to develop his own voice more strongly.   Mariano Bartolomeu Graham Douglas   Like most Angolans his family has suffered from decades...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, In Focus Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna

    Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna

    The words are a battle cry, a plea to save the region’s environment and water supply and put an end to predatory and polluting mining practices.   Claudio Chipana   The people of the Cajamarca region in northern Peru are rallying against multinational mining company Yanacocha’s ‘Conga’...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Regeneration as degeneration

    Regeneration as degeneration

    During the Edinburgh Fringe, we stayed in a delightful apartment in Leith. Leith is the old port-town of Edinburgh.   Steve Latham   It was a pleasant place to base ourselves in during the Festival, while we travelled in daily on the city bus service. It had become run-down and derelict, but...

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  • Comments, In Focus What is peace?

    What is peace?

    A white cow is not a white dove, says Eduardo Embry, a Chilean poet based in the UK. A gracing pristine cow is heavy, and the meaning of peace is not to appease or to be appeased. By contrast, peace is not a given, but an ongoing process of understanding and doing together.   Mabel Encinas   Peace...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Needle's Eye Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other?

    Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other?

    Genetic modification and reparations for slavery might seem on first appearances to be somewhat distant companions.   Nigel Pocock   How should we define ‘GM’? If we limit the definition to a laboratory, deliberately excluding the social context, then we are unlikely to make a connection...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus “F” is for Fringe

    “F” is for Fringe

    Photo by Kim Traynor Visiting the Edinburgh Fringe, we went to several stand-up comedians; and we learned that bad language and explicit sexual references are endemic. In particular, the F-word is ubiquitous.   Steve Latham   Maybe I am shocking because I am getting on in years, and it expresses...

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  • Culture, Globe, Screen, United Kingdom London Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 10th year

    London Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 10th year

    The 10th edition of the festival will take place from the 25th of September to the 5th of October, bringing together Spanish and Catalan productions , comedy and cuisine.   Photo by London Spanish Film Festival London Spanish Film Festival is 10 years old this year, and to mark the occasion the...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Screen Carpe Diem

    Carpe Diem

    (…) My wife has proposed a family suicide / both of us and our two daughters / when the mushroom cloud arrives (…) Affonso Romano de Sant´Anna.   Armando Orozco Tovar   We are surrounded by death, something that sounds like stating the obvious, a great truth. But what are we going to do...

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