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  • Havana Vieja Cuba

    Cuba is a fascinating island, and for many, the forbidden island. Salsa Blanca has been teaching about Cuba for over 15 years, and we hope that you enjoy our articles on Cuba and Cuban music. Whether you are interested in taking a trip to Cuba and want …

Cuban Masters Class – Chucho Valdes

  • Cuban Masters Class Featuring Chucho Valdes Another archive from DAT, sorry, no video, but a great lecture. This was from 1995 and recorded at La ENA in Havana Cuba. Enjoy this piece of history.

Masters Class with José Luis Quintana (Changuito)

  • This was a seminar at La ENA in Havana Cuba. It features: Changuito – Percussion Carlos Del Puerto – Bass Pupy Pedroso – Piano

Cuban Music Mini-Concert

  • Another lost video from my house in Buena Vista, Havana. Probably recorded in 2002. It features a young Jiovanni Cofiño, and a young Yanel Yanes, both living in Las Vegas now. Enjoy some fine Cuban Music.

A sad day for Cuban music

  • Sad day for Cuban Music

    Juan Formell Most of you probably heard, but in case you didn’t, Juan Formell died yesterday. He was the founder of Los Van Van and an innovator in Cuban music with the formation of Songo with Blas Egües and Changuito. Here is a taste of what he create …

Enid Rosales – and the Cuban tres

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    I read an interesting article on cubanow.net interviewing Enid Rosales, one of the new wave of tres players in Cuba. She talks about using the Cuban tres in areas beyond traditional Cuban son and popular music. Rosales graduated from Instituto Superior …

Tumba Francesa presentation

  • Sugar cane in Cuba - Jon Griffin

    I just ran across a very interesting presentation on Tumba Francesa. It was given by Mirta Gomez at the beginning of the year for the Library of Congress. It was from the beginning of 2012 and I don’t know how I missed it. I have to say, I only know a …

A happy Cuba!

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    I love that you can now watch long videos on YouTube. There is a video I just ran across called “Cuba Feliz” that is awesome. It was made in 2000 and follows a sonero nick-named Gallo on a journey to Santiago. He sings where ever he ends up, and there …

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  • Havana Vieja Cuba

    Cuba is a fascinating island, and for many, the forbidden island. Salsa Blanca has been teaching about Cuba for over 15 years, and we hope that you enjoy our articles on Cuba and Cuban music. Whether you are interested in taking a trip to Cuba and want …

Arsenío Rodríguez – Cuban music maestro

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    Arsenio Rodríguez is arguably one of the most influential composers and musicians of popular Cuban music, is being commemorated for his 100th birthday. Rodríguez had a quite varied life and lived in New York as well as Havana and was influenced greatly …

Fernando Becquer nueva trova

  • Cuba, land of trova

    Cuba, land of trova Even though many people aren’t familiar with trova, and particularly nueva trova, it is a very diverse genre of music. Nueva trova, part of  the “song” genre, generally talks about the politics of everyday life and is a rebirth of t …

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