Someone has turned this Beethoven symphony into an extraordinary Cuban rumba | Classic FM

Someone has turned this Beethoven symphony into an extraordinary Cuban rumba

By Amy MacKenzie, 19th December 2016, 09:51

Never thought you’d find yourself dancing along to Beethoven? This performance will have you toe-tapping in no time.
If there ever was a truly extraordinary cover of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, then this is it.

Award-winning composer, orchestrator and talented performer Joachim Horsley has stunned us with his sunny arrangement Beethoven in Havana. Composed for eight performers on three pianos, including a percussion accompaniment and some extended techniques, we would love to see this piece performed live.

via Someone has turned this Beethoven symphony into an extraordinary Cuban rumba | Classic FM

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

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.





Yoruba Andabo is going to Europe!

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Quien no tiene cultura y no tiene tradicion no tiene alma..
Vamos a repartir Rumba, Tradicion, Patrimonio, Cultura y Alegria por toda Europa en meno de un mes!
Yoruba Andabo Tour Europa 20 Oct/ 20 Nov. 2016!
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Cuba: While The Politicians Argued, The Musicians Jammed : Alt.Latino : NPR

“Go before it changes!”

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that charge since the thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba, which has prompted so many people to visit the island nation.

No doubt there will be quite a few changes in the coming years, especially economic ones. How it will all shake out is anyone’s guess. But what hasn’t changed is the close relationship that exists between the music of our two countries, which goes back at least to the 19th century. Spanish speakers use the phrase primos hermanos to refer to the relationship between familial first cousins, and that seems an appropriate description for the give-and-take that has been going on between the U.S. and Cuba, too.

via Cuba: While The Politicians Argued, The Musicians Jammed : Alt.Latino : NPR

Timbalaye: Rumba grande entre La Habana y Matanzas › Cultura › Granma – Órgano oficial del PCC

El teatro América, a las 8:30 p.m., servirá de escenario para el homenaje a Benny Moré, en el aniversario 97 de su natalicio. Este concierto contará con la actuación de Mundito Gon­zález, Martha Anglada, Sixto El In­dio, el Conjunto Chapottín, Yoru­ba Andabo y el Grupo Folklórico de México Antorchas Campesinas, en­tre otros.

La UNEAC en sus 55 años de historia › Cultura › Granma – Órgano oficial del PCC

El hilo conductor de los festejos por el aniversario 55 de la Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC) es un verso de quien fuera su primer presidente, el poeta Nicolás Guillén (1902-1989): “Así hemos de ir andando”.

Las celebraciones comenzaron con el año, y aun cuando el 22 de agosto, día fundacional, tuvo un cenit con una Gala en la sala García Lorca del Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, las actividades continuaran hasta diciembre, incluyendo un Consejo Nacional, el máximo órgano de dirección, convocado para septiembre.

Para homenajear a Nicolás Guillén, presidente de la UNEAC desde su fundación hasta su muerte en julio de 1989, se exhibió un nuevo documental, Nombre común: Nicolás, del realizador Ernesto Bosch, de la Productora de Audiovisuales Octavio Cortázar.

La Gala fue dirigida por el maestro Alberto Méndez quien utilizó versos de la extensa obra poética de Guillén como prólogo a la entrada de los artistas que participaron, entre ellos el Ballet Nacional de Cuba, el Coro Nacional, el grupo Yoruba Andabo, el Septeto Nacional, el Trío Lecuona y la soprano Milagros de los Ángeles.

How this Cuban dancer is honoring his legendary dad | New York Post


Stevie Insua is one of the most popular instructors at Alvin Ailey, where he teaches Afro-Cuban dance on Friday nights to the general public. It doesn’t matter that the 40-year-old barely speaks English — as he whips his long braids and demonstrates the proper way to do a cha-cha step, you can feel the room shed its collective inhibition.

“My father was a dance teacher, so it’s in my blood,” the Havana-born Insua tells The Post in Spanish. “He had me do my first performance when I was 4 years old. I danced the rumba onstage while holding these two lit candles — without getting burned!”

His father was the legendary Felix “Pupy” Insua, who performed all over the world and who was brought to New York City by “Mambo King” Eddie Torres to teach his troupe how to dance authentic Cuban salsa. Insua now has his father’s old job, teaching traditional Afro-Cuban dance at Ailey Extension, which provides classes to the entire New York City community.

Insua was born in 1976 in the artist and worker community Cayo Hueso in Havana. His mother was a flamenco dancer and singer, and for a while she performed with Insua’s father, before Stevie came along.

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Old Havana or old Havana? – Havana

HAVANA TIMES — Many foreigners long to visit Old Havana and the majority of Cubans do as well. Every year, millions of tourists walk along its cobblestones, enjoying the best attractions, hotels and attractions the city has to offer. This is the Havana we find in guide books, on websites, labelled “exotic, interesting”: a place you have to go to at least once in your life. This is Old Havana, the beautiful Havana.

Founded in 1519 and baptized San Cristobal de La Habana in honor of Havana’s patron saint, the city owes its name to the chief Habaguanex who controlled the area in the years leading up to its colonization. Today, it is our capital and the most populated city in Cuba and the Caribbean islands as it has 2,125,320 inhabitants (2015).

It’s history is as old as its architecture.

via Old Havana or old Havana? – Havana

Yoruba Andabo is proud to announce its new director Didiel Armando Acosta Mitjans!

Didiel Mitjans Acosta was elected by Yoruba Andabo artists as the new director of the company, after the death of Master Geovani del Pino, founder director.



MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, June 27, 2016 / — Yoruba Andabo welcomes its new director!
Percussionist and singer, Didiel Acosta Mitjans began his career at age 11 with the Cuban children’s group Pequeñas raíces de Aña. In high school he studied music theory and has been a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) since 2011.

Between 1999 and 2008 he was part of the group Los Ibeyes. He has participated as a percussionist in phonograms “The story of Chano Pozo” held in France, 2003 and in the version made by the EGREM in 2005. He performed in the show “The story of Chano Pozo” of the group Pequeñas raíces de Aña, which appeared in theaters in Havana, Venezuela, Denmark and France, and as a musician in Los Ibeyes, in important Cuban theaters such as the “America,” “ Mella, “Terry” and the “Karl Marx.”

In the middle of 2008, he joined the company Yoruba Andabo as the major solo percussionist and singer, providing synchronizing or backing vocals. At the end of 2012 he was promoted to musical director. With Yoruba Andabo, he has performed in theaters and various places national shows, at the Concert for Peace in Cubadisco Festival Drum, Tour of Cuba and Timbalaye International Festival.

In 2009, he was part of the show “Yoruba Andabo: Rumba in Havana,” which was presented at the Barbican Center (London) and in Colombia as well as in Belo Horizontes and Sao Paulo (Brazil) in 2010.
In 2011, with the release of “Yoruba Andabo, The Spirit of the Rumba,” the same year led him to French Guiana, Guadeloupe, and the company was invited to the important Festival of Bergen (Norway) and Paris, jointly playing a concert with Iranian percussionists.

In 2011, Didiel participated in the recording of the album “Yoruba Andabo, The Spirit of the Rumba,” licensed by Bis Music. By continuing the same performance standards as musical director of the band on the album “Soy de la Tierra Brava,” the famed group was recently awarded the Cubadisco 2016 Award.

From 2011 to date, Didiel Acosta Mitjans has participated in dozens of concerts of Yoruba Andabo in Venezuela, Norway, France, Austria, French Guiana, Guadeloupe and the US. He has taught percussion workshops in academic and cultural institutions in Cuba, Europe and Latin America.

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Rumberos de siete provincias se dan cita en Camagüey



Camagüey, 8 jun.- Agrupaciones de siete provincias asistirán al II Rumbatéate, evento previsto del 9 al 12 próximos en la ciudad de Camagüey, y concerniente a la rumba, declarada Patrimonio Cultural de la Nación.

En la cita participarán Los Muñequitos de Matanzas -conjunto insigne del referido género-, Silvina Fabars, Premio Nacional de Danza 2014 e integrante del Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba, Yoruba Andabo, de La Habana, Obbatuké, de Santiago de Cuba, y Rumbatá, de Camagüey.

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