Cuba, the Caribbean’s most enigmatic island, is a cultural, visual feast – Houston Chronicle

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/style/luxe-life/article/Cuba-the-Caribbean-s-most-enigmatic-island-is-a-11133464.php

Welcome to Cuba, my native land: a place where time seems out of joint and where all the old certainties are jumbled.

Surprises confront first-time visitors from the moment they leave Havana’s airport. Yes, there are images of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, together with Fidel Castro: the triumvirate of the Cuban revolution. While corporate advertising is scarce, political propaganda still appears; similar visual displays have disappeared in other countries. Of course, Cuba’s communism was never the grim Soviet system. Ours was a tropical invention, spiked with salsa and humor, Cubans’ best survival tool.

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Cuba Is Waiting for You

Cuba Is Waiting for You
Jan 24, 2017
Blue Hour Photo WorkshopsCubaStreet photographyWorkshop

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.

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Trinidad Obatala Festival

via Trinidad Obatala Festival Video – theyoruba

Trinidad Obatala Festival Video

 

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.

The Healing Power of San Lazaro

via The Healing Power of San Lazaro – Voodoo Universe

The Healing Power of San Lazaro

San Lazaro (O Yo Soy La Ruta) by Jose Bedia photo by Nathania Johnson licensed under CC 2.0.

December 17th is the Feast of San Lazaro. This saint is associated with the Orisha Babalu Aye in the La Regla Lucumi (Santeria) tradition. Michael Atwood Mason on the Smithsonian.com blog writes of this king “in the African-inspired religious tradition known as Santería …, Babalú-Ayé is both feared and beloved. Thought to be responsible for bringing epidemics like smallpox, leprosy and AIDS, Babalú-Ayé also cures these diseases. Oricha elders tell of his exile from his homeland with the Lucumí because he spread smallpox among them…. They tell of his journey to the Arará, who were healed by him and ultimately made him their king.”

Babalu Aye is the God of sickness, of infectious disease, and consequently of healing. His name has been translated as the “king who hurts the world.” Babalu Aye is worshiped under many different names. His name is Sonponno among the Yoruba, and Sakpata or Sagbata among the Fon of West Africa. Some believe his name is so sacred it is not to be spoken.

Babalu Aye performs miracles and transformational healings. This video from Yoruba Andabo tells of this Orisha’s great power.

UNESCO adds Cuban rumba, Belgian beer to list of world’s ‘intangible’ heritage – France 24

http://m.france24.com/en/20161130-unesco-cuba-rumba-belgium-beer-list-intangible-world-heritage

Cuba’s sensual rumba dance and Belgium’s thriving beer culture brought a new exuberance to UNESCO’s prestigious list of “intangible” heritage on Wednesday.

The UN body gave the nod to the rumba, which it said evokes “grace, sensuality and joy”, while it said “making and appreciating beer is part of the living heritage… throughout Belgium,” which has more than 1,500 types.

The Cuban delegation to UNESCO talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa dedicated the rumba’s selection to longtime leader Fidel Castro, who died on Friday aged 90.

UNESCO said the rumba sprang from poor communities where the dance is an enduring “expression of resistance and self-esteem”.

Belgium meanwhile toasted the recognition, with French-speaking culture minister Alda Greoli noting that the country’s beer culture “has been handed down from generation to generation since time immemorial”.

Belgian beer’s “communal identity resulted in… an explosion of artisanal creativity and love for the brewing craft,” she said.

Her Flemish-speaking counterpart Sven Gatz said Belgium had won “the world cup of beer culture,” calling the nomination a “very nice reward for everyone who works in the sector”.

Whether Belgians drink beer to quench their thirst “after an exhilarating walk, during a friendly evening in the local pub, or as part of our gastronomy,” he said, “we have a suitable beer for every occasion”.

Belgium’s minority German-speaking community, which submitted the application, also hailed the nomination, saying it would “give Belgian beer culture even more gloss… around the world.”

The listing was “a reward for (Belgian enthusiasts’) efforts… to keep this rich beer culture alive,” it said in a statement.

Staying on the festive theme, the World Heritage Committee also enshrined the new year’s celebrations of 12 countries stretching from Turkey to India that fall on the March 21 vernal equinox and known as Nowruz in Iran.

The list of “intangible” cultural treasures was created 10 years ago, mainly to increase awareness about them, while UNESCO also sometimes offers financial or technical support to countries struggling to protect them.

On Tuesday, the UN body designated Ugandan traditional music, which is dying out partly because it requires materials from endangered species, as intangible heritage “in urgent need of safeguarding”.

UNESCO began compiling a list for cultural and natural world heritage — physical properties such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat or the Grand Canyon in the United States — in 1972.

The list now comprises 814 cultural sites, 203 natural ones and 35 with both natural and cultural qualities such as Australia’s Uluru National Park, formerly known as Ayer’s Rock.

The committee winds up its review of nominations to the Representative Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list on Thursday.

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7 de septiembre, celebración de la Virgen de Regla o Yemayá – Vídeo en CiberCuba

https://www.cibercuba.com/videos/religion/2016-09-07-u74-7-de-septiembre-celebracion-de-la-virgen-de-regla-o-yemaya

La Virgen de Regla, patrona del pueblo que lleva su nombre frente a la Bahía de La Habana y que viste toda de azul, se identifica con Yemayá, la dueña del mar. Con su veneración se funde casi todo el panteón Yoruba con la cristiandad en el sincretismo y la transculturación de lo africano y lo español, dando forma al mestizaje criollo en el que se basa la nacionalidad cubana.

Felicita Raúl a la UNEAC por su aniversario – Radio Reloj

En el Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, se desarrolló el espectáculo, que dedicado al cumpleaños 90 de Fidel, tuvo como hilo conductor poemas del primer presidente de la UNEAC, Nicolás Guillén.

Regalaron su arte, entre otros, el Coro y el Ballet Nacional de Cuba, la compañía Ecos, el Trío Lecuona, Yoruba Andabo y el Septeto Nacional.

via Felicita Raúl a la UNEAC por su aniversario – Radio Reloj

 

The Amazing Afro-Cuban Colors of Havana Come to Harlem – EBONY

http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/harlem-havana-festival#axzz4J24ufEoS

The Amazing Afro-Cuban Colors of Havana Come to Harlem

Bringing Cuba to New York is as easy as saying bienvenidos

BY #TEAMEBONY,

Models bring Cuban inspired culture and fashion to the Harlem/Havana Music and Cultural Festival (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Models bring Cuban inspired culture and fashion to the Harlem/Havana Music and Cultural Festival (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Cuban Dance Troupe Compañía de Danzas Tradicionales de Cuba JJ (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Cuban Dance Troupe Compañía de Danzas Tradicionales de Cuba JJ (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

The colorful presentation featured wardrobe from several fashion designers who hail from Cuba (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

The colorful presentation featured wardrobe from several fashion designers who hail from Cuba (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Models wait to take the stage at the HarlemMusicFest with a special salute to the Harlem/Havana Initiative (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Models wait to take the stage at the HarlemMusicFest with a special salute to the Harlem/Havana Initiative (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

New York radio personalites Imohotep Gary Byrd, Bob Slade, Bugsy, Lenny Green, and Debi B (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

New York radio personalites Imohotep Gary Byrd, Bob Slade, Bugsy, Lenny Green, and Debi B (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Afro-Cuban inspired dress hits the stage at the Harlem/Havana Music and Cultural Festival  (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Afro-Cuban inspired dress hits the stage at the Harlem/Havana Music and Cultural Festival (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Recording Artist Renee Neuville (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Recording Artist Renee Neuville (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Cuban Designer Mariela Caridad (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Cuban Designer Mariela Caridad (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Cuban jazz pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco performs at the Harlem/Havana Music and Cultural Festival (Photo: Hakim Mutlaq)

Cuban jazz pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco performs at the Harlem/Havana Music and Cultural Festival (Photo: Hakim Mutlaq)

The crowd enjoys the scenery at the Harlem/Havana Music and Cultural Festival (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

The crowd enjoys the scenery at the Harlem/Havana Music and Cultural Festival (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Recording Artist Eric Benet taking a selfie with a fan (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

Recording Artist Eric Benet taking a selfie with a fan (Photo: Terrence Jennings/TerrenceJennings.com)

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This month, representatives of Havana, Cuba came to Harlem, NY, to introduce the country’s rich tapestry of music, dance, art, and culture to audiences at the Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival.

It was a first time initiative, led by the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and Rep. Charles Rangel, but planners hope it will become an annual event.

In these photos, styles by fashion designers like Mariela Caridad and others and music from artists including pianist Jorge Pacheco and dance by Compañía de Danzas Tradicionales de Cuba JJ helped to bring the atmosphere of Cuba to New York City during the Harlem Music Fest.



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