Milano Latin Festival 2017 Dedicates One Week to Cuba



The Milano Latin Festival 2017, the most important cultural event of this time of the year in Lombardy, is dedicating one week to Cuba from today to July 26, with events related to the happening of the Caribbean island.

‘Night for rumba and son’ will open the celebration to pay tribute to the former, declared a UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity and the latter, which is advancing along the same path.

The photographic exhibition ‘Bailar is vivir’, by Italian photographer, Aldo Bianchi, with images of distinguished figures of the Cuban dance and ballet in different regions of the country, will be also opened.

The event to be held on Saturday, July 22, will be dedicated to the glories of the Cuban sports and the greatness of that activity as an expression of brotherhood, unity and solidarity as the program of the event posted on establishes.

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Los cubanos que se fueron con el 2016 – Cafe Fuerte

Geovani del Pino Rodríguez, 74 años, La Habana, accidente cerebrovascular. Gran cultor de la rumba afrocubana. Cantante, percusionista, compositor y director del grupo Yoruba Andabo.

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Africa in the Americas: Tour Group Explores Cuba’s African Roots – NBC News 

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When the United States and Cuba first announced plans to restore diplomatic relations two years ago, Kasara E. Davidson says she and her business partner “hit the ground running” and used their combined 20 years of experience with the island to start Diaspora Enterprise Solutions (DiasporaES).

“It was an opportunity for us to learn Cuba even more and an opportunity for us to share what we know about Cuba with others,” said Davidson, who is the company’s co-owner and managing director.

The East Coast based business creates professional, educational and cultural programs for individuals, groups and organizations in cities around the world.

Since its founding about a year and a half ago, DiasporaES has focused mainly on Cuba— successfully taking several groups to the island under several of 12 permitted categories that have made it easier for more Americans to travel there.

Three backup dancers pose for a photo pose for a shot on their break in Havana, Cuba. Mikhael Simmonds
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Dominican Merengue, Cuban Rumba Named Cultural Heritages of Humanity – NBC News


Dominican Merengue, Cuban Rumba Named Cultural Heritages of Humanity

If you love the wonderful beat of merengue music or the sounds of Cuban rumba, you’ll be happy to know they’re considered worldwide cultural treasures.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added both musical genres to their Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

“Dominican merengue plays an active role in many areas of daily life of the population’s education, social and friendly gatherings, festive events and even political campaigns”, declared UNESCO during its most recent annual meeting, as EFE reports. “Merengue attracts people of different social classes, which helps promote respect and coexistence among individuals, groups and communities,” states UNESCO on its website.

Cuban rumba “evokes a sense of grace, sensuality and joy that aims to connect people, regardless of their social and economic background, gender or ethnicity,” UNESCO states. “The practice of rumba in Cuba has been transmitted over generations by imitation within families and neighborhood.”

World famous merengue artists include Johnny Ventura, Miriam Cruz, Juan Luis Guerra, Los Toros Band and the Queen of Merengue, Milly Quezada.

Rumba artists that have helped established their popularity include Celia Cruz, Alberto Zayas, Carlos “Patato” Veldes, Pancho Quinto and Francisco Aguabella.

Merengue, of Afro-Caribbean origin, became more known after the late Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo promoted the musical genre around the country.

Rumba, with its rhythmic drumming and elaborate dancing, also traces back to African culture. It developed during the 19th century in cities such as Havana and Matanzas as well as in rural areas where Afro-Cubans lived.

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Yoruba Andabo – Rumba en la Habana con… – virtualWOMEX

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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 group’s 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.

Yoruba Andabo for the first time in Poland! – El Sol Warsaw Salsa Festiwal

Yoruba Andabo – the legend of rumba and Afro-Cuban music, for the first time in Poland, will visit EL Sol Salsa Festival as a part of their European tour.

Their concerts are real artistic and movement spectacles, allowing the audience to feel the true roots and climate of Havana streets and port docks.

Apart from the concert, the band will also lead 3 hours of workshops.


Find out how to dance and play the way it’s done in Cuba.

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Festival of Cuban music and dance “Havana in Belgrade” brings the biggest names in Cuban music and dance scene. РТС :: Врели ритам Кубе стиже у Београд!

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Festival of Cuban music and dance “Havana in Belgrade” brings the biggest names in Cuban music and dance scene. During the four days of the festival, from 10 to 13 November, the Serbian capital will feel the spirit of Cuba through concerts, show-performances, dance workshops, parties. Boiling rhythms of Cuba is coming to Belgrade! This year’s edition of the festival “Havana en Belgrado”, which is held in the Student Cultural Centre, DKC “Majdan” and the Center for Urban Culture, will have two big concerts. Comes the best Cuban rumba band in the world “Yoruba Andaba”. With previous editions of the festival “Havana in Belgrade” Dance Dance Workshops program of the festival consists of workshops Cuban dances, during the two days of the festival, in several dance halls. This year will be workshops on dance and the band will play traditional Cuban music. It is a part of “Okilakua”, which comes from France and is led by singer Marta Galaraga, one of the greatest voices of the Cuban rumba. Their live performances are undisputed, show that watching and listening, top musicians and dancers in traditional costumes – the true spirit of Cuba on the scene. On the second day of the festival, the world-famous band that has existed for more than fifty years and has spawned the biggest names in Cuban music scene – “Elito Reve y Su CHARANGON”. Seventeen top musicians who live sound perfectly, bringing hot energy of the capital of Serbia. During the four days of the festival will be organized parties where the music will play a DJ Javier, DJ El Gato Volador, DJ Leo D’Kuba. For years, the “Havana in Belgrade” festival organized by a team of world champions of salsa “Havana Belgrado”, in terms of quality and energy is one of the best in Europe. This is evidenced by a large number of visitors from France, England, Polish, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Croatian, Montenegro. Not only are Cuban music and culture performances Belgrade, but also the city in the best light to present to all who come and spend four unforgettable days.



Mas de medio millar de asistente, jovenes en su mayoria, disfrutaron del vibrante espectaculo de la legendaria agrupacion rumbera.
Antes del cierre el publico aplaudio y bailo el nuevo tema, estrenado en este Tour Europeo, cuyo titulo es Yoruba Andabo “Un estilo diferente.”
El climax ocurrio ya a la media noche con la interpretacion a coro con el publico fines del mundialmente hit de la banda, La Gozadera, conocido tambien como Ponte pa’ lo tuyo.


Soy de la Tierra Brava


More than five hundred fans, mostly young, vibrant enjoyed the spectacle of the legendary rumba group.
Before closing the public applauded and danced the new song, released in this European Tour, whose title is Yoruba Andabo “Un estilo diferente.”
The climax already occurred at midnight with the interpretation in chorus with the audience end of the world hit of the band, The Gozadera, also known as “Ponte pa’ lo tuy.”


Presentacion del Tour Europeo 2016 de la Legendaria Compania YORUBA ANDABO, patrimonio vivo de la Cultura Afro/Cubana.

Presentacion del Tour Europeo 2016 de la Legendaria Compania YORUBA ANDABO, patrimonio vivo de la Cultura Afro/Cubana.
La Gozadera se forma de verdad!
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Cultura Afro-Cubana/Rumba/Tradiciones/Patrimonio .
Todo esto es la leyendaria compania Yoruba Andabo!
Culture afro-cubaine / Rumba / Traditions / Patrimoine.
Tout cela est la société légendaire Yoruba Andabo!
Culture Afro-Cuban / Rumba / Traditions/ Heritage.
All this is the legendary company Yoruba Andabo!
Cultura Afro-Cubana/Rumba/Tradiciones/Patrimonio.
Tutto questo è la leggendaria Compagnia Yoruba Andabo.
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European Tour Update!

The famous Cuban group Yoruba Andabo Company, artistic leader in the  culture of African origin, began it’s European Tour Fall, which will run for several cities in the Old Continent.

This promotional effort is a collaboration between Fiebre Latina, Topoly International and LMA Productions.


La célebre Compañía Yoruba Andabo, agrupación artística líder de la cultura cubana de origen africano, dio inicio a su Tour Europeo de Otoño, que se extenderá por varias ciudades del llamado Viejo Continente.


Este empeño promocional es una colaboración entre Fiebre Latina, Topoly Internacional y LMA Producciones.