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“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 the Cubans”. Nevertheless, Cuba’s abilities to pursue international cultural exposure

“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 Lucumí (also known as Yoruba or Santería)

“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,

“Solo en Cuba”: Music, Culture and Traditions in Havana’s Social Scene
27 Feb 2018

The exuberant energy of Alain Pérez and his fourteen-piece band were by no means diminished by the small stage of Bar Sarao, one of Havana’s new private music

Deathless: “They Tried to Bury Us but They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds”
30 Jan 2018

The quote by poet Dinos Christianopolou, side-lined by the Greek literary community in the 1970s because he was gay, was evoked by an Ibeyi fan in response to

Havana through the Sound of Trombone: from Colonial Relics to Modern Art Clubs
04 Jan 2018

“Havana is a mix of Third World, First World and Other World”  (Karen Dubinsky 2016) The tall stone walls and high cupola of the sixteenth century church of

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