Friday, September 01, 2006

Cuba in Viznar

By: Pedro de la Hoz
September 01, 2006
Havana, (Granma).- To the many tributes who brought Federico to us, alive, essential and necessary, there was another one added which because of its importance, even after days have gone by that mark a distance from the immediacy of the news, it is not possible to overlook: the voice of Cuba, of our poetry, was felt in Granada, on the same Viznar ravine, the site of the crime, after exactly seventy years of the felony being committed.
This is seen on a message sent to the female poet, essayist and promoter Aitiana Alberti, the daughter of Don Rafael and Doña Teresa, Cuban in her second nature, from Juan Francisco Delgado, the direcor of Social Welfare and Citizenship from the Provincial Council of Málaga, in which it says: “You were present on the tribute. It was to name Cuba and the more than 2 500 participants to the event began an immense applause to your adhesion. It was a memorable night, in which silence, cypress and black poplars from the site gave more life, if possible, to Federico and everybody else.”
There was read the text sent to the organizers of the event by the Organizing Committee from the International Poetry Festival of Havana, in which Pablo Armando Fernández, César López, Nancy Morejón, Miguel Barnet, Francisco López Sacha, Alex Pausides, Edel Morales, Virgilio López Lemus, Pierre Bernet, Andrés Mir, José Oriol, Vicente Feliz, Antonio Armenteros, Ángel Zuazo, Rito Ramón Aroche, and Aitiana herself, left their proof of the fervent loyalty to the memory of the murdered poet and dedicated “out cry and our anger, and an immortal wreath, to every martyr of that terrible war, symbolized by their passion and death.”
That text found, also, an echo on poets from other latitudes who have made a cultural resistance and humanist irradiation niche out of the Havana forum. Such are the cases of the Serb Svetlana Kalezic, International Nosside Award, the Canadian with a Chilean origin Tito Alvarado, the director of the International South Project, the Venezuelan Edmundo Aray and the Puerto Rican Etnairis Rivera.
As the Spanish writer Luis García Montero has remembered, who is also, by the way, one of the signers of the declaration Cuban sovereignty should be respected, “the poet was one of the more than 5 000 people fro Granada who were executed, by virtue of the war councils or the walks of the Black Squad. Among others, there were executed the general Miguel Campins, the chief of the Military Comandancy and loyal to the Republic, the mayor, the president of the Council, the rector of the University, the director of the most important newspaper in the city, El Defensor de Granada (The Defender of Granada) and many representatives, councilmen, professors, syndicalists. How could they not execute a republican poet, follower of the Popular Front and an example of pure freedom on the most sordid environments of a provincialism which he had characterized himself as the worst middle class in Spain”?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Popular Stars Will Meet to Honor Cuban Percusionist

August 30, 2006

Havana, (PL).- Pianist Roberto Carcassés, musical director Iván del Prado, guitarists Yusa and Elmer Ferrer and rumba group Clave y Guaguancó are among the popular stars that will honor Cuban percusionist Rui Lopez-Nussa.
Lopez-Nussa, one of the most important "drummers" of the island of all times and author of a relevant book on percussion, edited by the General Society of Spanish Authors (SGAE), will celebrate next September 1st, 30 years of his rough artistic life.
For this reason and on the same date, the artists above mentioned will meet at the theatre Auditorium Amadeo Roldán to pay tribute this great music teacher of the Island.
Rui Lopez-Nussa, son of the deceased Cuban polygraph Leonel Lopez - Nussa, is part of the artists´ family in which stands out his brother, the jazz player Hernán, as well as his children Rui and Harold, the latter winner at an important Swiss piano contest.
Translation: Roxana Marquez Herrera (Cubarte).

Monday, August 28, 2006

Archeological Finding on Havana City

Havana, (Tribuna).- The former Marquess Palace from Prado Ameno has become an important archeological site from the Historical Center of the city, because on the building which lies in O´ Reilly No. 273 a diversity of objects that constitute important elements to reconstruct historical passages relative to the inhabitants of the mansion and their successors have been found.
During the excavations made on the latrine of the building there were found pieces dated from the 18th Century and the beginning of the 19th Century, among which are highlighted those related to the domestic life, such as dishes of china gem, Mexican majolica, fragments of glasses and ordinary ceramics.
For four years, between 1997 and 2000 a team from the Archeological Office, made up by specialists on the field and on geophysics prospecting, restorers of mural paintings, a historian, curators, restorer of pieces concentrated their efforts to this new archeological site.
The pieces found on the latrine, as well as the other objects found on the well were put together on an exhibition which has aroused a lot of interest on the Museum of Archeology, which can be found on the Tacon street close to the corner of Mercaders in Old Havana.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Cuban Visual Arts and Films in Brasilia

BRASILIA (SE).— An exposition of 100 years of Cuban visual arts and cinematography is currently being held in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia at the Banco do Brazil Cultural Center in conjunction with Havana’s National Fine Arts Museum.
The art show, featuring 120 works from 61 artists, is accompanied by a series of 50 Cuban films that began screening on Tuesday, the majority of which are from the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) catalog. Previously, the exhibition was presented in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian art lovers have shown a marked interest in the different stages and evolution of Cuban art trends from the first vanguard of artists —Victor Manuel, Amelia, Abela and Pogolotti— to the latest conceptual experimentation.

Among the works receiving lots of interest are a sampling of the Cuban version of abstract painting from the mid 20th Century and a collection of pieces —highlighted by the pop art of Raul Martinez— that reveal the creative explosion brought on by the new emphasis on arts and culture in government policy after the 1959 triumph of the Revolution.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Cuban Author Wins International Short Story Prize

Cuban author Jorge Angel Perez has won the Julio Cortazar Ibero-American Prize for Short Stories in a contest involving 414 works submitted from writers in 18 countries.
The jury, made up by Francisco Lopez Sacha, Alejandro Alvarez and Margarita Mateo praised the story for its "precise, but at the same time daring, understanding of the genre; the mastery of expression; the high quality reached in establishing the atmosphere, setting and characters; and the artistic solution of a metaphor that enshrouds the coded message of the story and conversely underlines the obvious tale of a contemporary situation."
The contest was established by translator and critic Ugne Karvelis, partner of the late Julio Cortazar, the outstanding Argentine writer. It is sponsored by the Cuban Book Institute, the Casa de las Americas cultural institution and the ALIA Foundation. The awards ceremony will take place in Havana on August 28.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Spike Lee Zooms in on Katrina Disaster

LOS ANGELES (SE).— Cumbersome bureaucracy, inter-agency quarrels, the pain and bitterness of the survivors and above all the slow response and ineptness of George W. Bush to deal with the Katrina disaster are the focus of Spike Lee’s latest film "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts."
The premiere HBO screening Monday of part one of the four hour documentary brought the same boos for the president as were heard in New Orleans days before where it had a special preview showing.
In the Jazz city, some 12,000 people, many survivors of the tragedy, had gathered to see Lee’s film at the city’s Coliseum, close to the Superdome where chaos and desperation reigned after many had taken refuge when the levees broke on August 29, 2005.
The director of "Malcolm X," "Jungle Fever" and "Do the Right Thing," visited New Orleans eight times while making the documentary and tells the story through the testimonies of scores of residents, victims, displaced, poor, rich, white and black.
Politicians and other public figures, like Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and singer Harry Belafante, are also interviewed in the film.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Omara Portuondo and Carlos Vives Together in Bogota

Cuban bolero and son diva Omara Portuondo delighted 1,700 spectators this week at the Jogre Eliecer Gaitan Theatre in Bogota, Colombia where she ended her performance by inviting the popular Carlos Vives on stage and together singing the cumbia "La pollera colora."
Radio Caracol reported that Vives, despite having family commitments, attended the hour-and-a-half long concert, applauding as any spectator. When he was called on stage he kissed Portuondo on the hand and accompanied her on the bolero "Me estas haciendo falta" written by Jaime R. Echavarria.
The audience was delighted and took to their feet to dance and sing along on Wilson Chopeneras’ "La pollera colora."
The curtain closer was "Lagrimas negras" a classic bolero written by the Cuban composer Miguel Matamoros.