Cuba Is Waiting for You
Jan 24, 2017
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Do you want to come along for an amazing photo experience? In one of the most fascinating and photogenic countries in the world? Then come along on Blue Hour Photo Workshops’ next adventure to Cuba. During a whole week in the beginning of May 2017 we will explore some of this country’s finest places, meet with hospital and welcoming Cubans and experience Cuba’s cultural diversity.
NOW is the time. Cuba is rapidly changing. Join the workshop and capture the Cuban time capsule—before it’s too late. Furthermore—if you are a US citizen—the is no telling what the future looks with respect to US–Cuban relations and the new political winds blowing over the country. As of yet it’s still fairly easy to travel to Cuba. For more information about how to travel to Cuba as a US citizen, some time ago New York Times had a very informative article about the necessary requirements.
Geovanni del Pino, Miguel Chappottín, Juan Campos, Regla Monet, Felipe Santiago Abreu, Juan Carlos Sierra, Reinier Mariño y su Grupo
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Among the hierarchies of Afro-Cuban music, Yoruba Andabo enjoys a special sovereignty in and outside of Cuba. The first seed that gave life to this group was sown in 1961 at the docks of Havana, the birthplace of legendary rumberos. The groups name combines two words: Yoruba, the great southern motherland of African nations and cultures, and Andabo, which in the Carabalí language means friend, follower, or admirer.
Through their work, the group has imposed a distinctive hallmark, and even more challenging, they have found style in purity. The goal that drives the efforts of Yoruba Andabo is the libertarian incorporation of everything that surrounds, adorns, and approximates tradition, absent of vice or purist digressions.
No other group could have achieved such brilliance and cohesion in presenting this view of our singable and danceable physiognomy: chants, devotion, dance, and the beauty of life. Here hot, sensual rumba, guaguancó, toque de santo, song, Abakuá and Congolese chants, and communication with the dead converge. They signify the pieces of history of a country forged in a melting pot of races and encounters with other cultures.
La madre Rumba, orgullo del folclor urbano en Cuba, tiene tres hijos: el yambú, el guaguancó y la columbia
En noviembre del pasado 2016, la UNESCO (Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura) declaró a la rumba cubana “Patrimonio Inmaterial de La Humanidad” reconocimiento que equivale a la ascensión a la cima de una montaña, no exenta de piedras y espinas, que desde el Siglo XIX viene remontando la rumba, la cubanísima expresión musical, nacida entre descendientes de esclavos, despreciada, repudiada, incomprendida, para después ser aplaudida en los mejores escenarios del mundo.
La madre Rumba, orgullo del folclor urbano en Cuba, tiene tres hijos: el yambú, el guaguancó y la columbia, algunos nacieron en el solar, otros en la campiña, pero todos fueron creciendo y fortaleciéndose venciendo el cansancio del machete y la guataca o el agotador trabajo de cargar decenas de sacos en los muelles de La Habana y Matanzas. Cuando los trabajadores exhaustos llegaban al solar o al caserío y se encontraban con sus mujeres o parejas rumberas, también exhaustas de la batea o cocinar cantinas, hacer trabajos domésticos, lo que sea para llevar comida a la mesa, la magia de la rumba se hacía presente y al sonar una tumbadora, o un cajón de madera, se armaba la rumba y aún quedaba estamina para exhibir habilidades y bailar hasta que el estropeado cuerpo se aliviara en el baño con un cubo de agua fría para caer en la cama, a asimilar el trago de ron y dormir profundamente hasta que, aún a oscuras, tener que volver a la labor.
In spite of the tragedy and trauma in her life, Bejarano has managed to find joy and is inspired to continue performing by the warm reception she receives from audiences.
Reuters Jan 09, 2017 3:03 PM
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Auschwitz survivor and Jewish musician Esther Bejarano fulfilled a lifelong dream as she performed in Havana over the weekend.
The 92-year-old celebrated her birthday in the Caribbean capital city, where she and the members of Microphone Mafia entertained tourists at the Palacio de la Rumba (Rumba Palace).
Made up of members of different nationalities, generations and beliefs, the band seeks to send a message of tolerance to audiences.
For the past decade, Trinidadian Oloye Esabenjo Efag Oriyomi Orisagbemi has brought the Obatala Festival to the people of Trinidad., and this year’s celebration took place on the 7th of January . As usual there was a street procession, a carrying of the symbol of Obatala through the streets of the Ita Osa to spread the blessings of Peace and Tranquility to One and ALL.
The procession is sometimes accompanied by a police detail , Orisa visitations and other energies of the ritual are part of the festival.
Obatala initiates, Pierre Verger Trinidad’s Obatala day is here again, and there are beautiful photos of the procession already. Scroll down for the best photos ! And from a Trinidad newspaper , an article about the spirit behind the festival “For the past decade, Trinidadian Oloye Esabenjo Efag Oriyomi Orisagbemi has brought the Obatala…
The first gem of this series is a group called Yoruba Andabo (Rough translation: Followers of the Yoruba Culture) who have been on the Cuban Music Scene for a while now and are important pioneers in popularizing Rumba rhythms. Rumba is an Afro-Cuban rhythm that’s been around for generations now was often considered a more traditional sound that the youth didn’t really interact with as much. Yoruba Andabo has changed that in Cuba, these days you can ask any 17 year-old if they have Yoruba Andabo on their mp3 and they’ll probably reply that they have every album. Don’t get me wrong they in no way altered the original rhythms to satisfy the younger crowds if anything I think it’s just the thriving energy and relevant lyrics that brought people of all ages to feel connected with their sound.
My favorite track right now is La Gozadera, which was the first piece my brother introduced me to. It honestly doesn’t matter where I am, what I’m doing or who I’m with, if you put on that track my heart automatically starts to follow the beating of the drums, the voices grip my guts, my hips are swaying and my body is taking shapes I never knew existed. You know how they say that real happiness comes after hard times, that’s exactly what this track feels like to me; the blazing sun after the storm. If you struggled in your life you’ll know exactly what I mean.
Be sure to search for more of their stuff online, it’s a little harder to encounter than most but well worth the effort.