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A Soundtrack of Apathy: Sound Departs from Havana’s Streets and Entertainment Venues
23 Oct 2023

In my doctoral research I studied the relocation of Havana’s social scene from the street, the solar and the Malecón to the new private music and entertainment venues

Cuba Loses a Legendary Figure: A Tribute to the “Lady of Son” Teté García Catúrla
04 Sep 2023

Cuba lost one of its legendary voices and artistic figures, the "Lady of Son" Regla Teresa García Catúrla, known as Teté García Catúrla, who passed away in Havana

Changotrap: A New Style from the Street Joins Havana’s Urban Music Scene
11 Jun 2023

It is a Thursday night and concert hall 1 at Havana’s fashionable arts venue Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) is exploding with audiences dancing to the sound of

“Tunturuntu pa’ tu Casa”: Cuba’s Entry into the Digital Age and Global Cultural Flows
16 Jul 2020

In the words of Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, “the spirit of internationalism is a traditional quality of Cubans”. Nevertheless, Cuba’s abilities to pursue international cultural exposure and

“Moments of Truth”: Documenting Our Time through Music and Lyrics
19 Oct 2019

I met Watusi (artistically known as Watusi87) at a Sunday evening jam at Acklam Village in Ladbroke Grove. The centre is a home to victims of the Grenfell

The Orishas of London: New Encounters through Music and Spirituality
08 Oct 2019

It was a warm early October Saturday. We were celebrating the day of the Orisha Orula, the master diviner of the Santería (also known as Yoruba or Lucumí)

“Se Hace Como Se Hace”: the Sound of Silence and Civil Society in Havana
04 Feb 2019

It is Sunday, 3rd February 2019, a week after a rare and deadly tornado devastated Havana’s boroughs of Regla, Guanabacoa and 10 de Octubre. The government has been

Not a Country for Jazz: Cuba’s Orphaned Children, its Talented Jazz Musicians
22 Apr 2018

There are only two jazz dedicated venues in Havana - La Zorra y El Cuervo on La Rampa and Jazz Café in the Centro Comercial Galerías Paseo on

Mas con Menos: the Phrase which Defines Cuban Identity and Music Industry
16 Apr 2018

“More with less” is a phrase which accurately and succinctly defines the way of life in Cuba for artists and musicians as well as for the general population.

Cachao’s Song Book: Cuban Musical Culture and Traditions in London
06 Mar 2018

Below zero temperature, snow and slippery roads did not hinder the celebratory evening dedicated to Cuba’s iconic double bassist and composer Israel López Valdes, better known as Cachao,

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