Wednesday, January 13, 4-6 pm, Room 108N Munk Centre Frank Guridy TALK: “Un Dios, Un Fin, Un Destino”: Garveyism as a Trancultural Movement
Co-sponsored by: New College Caribbean Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Cuba Working Group, University of Toronto; LAPS History Department, Glendon College Office of the Principal, York University.
Frank Guridy is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a PhD in History from the University of Michigan. Guridy has published essays in Radical History Review, Caribbean Studies, and Social Text. His most recent essay, “‘War on the Negro’: Race and the Revolution of 1933,” was published in Cuban Studies. His forthcoming book, Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African-Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (University of North Carolina Press, Spring 2010), examines the institutional relationships and cultural interactions between Cubans and Americans of African descent, from the U.S. intervention of 1898 until the eve of the outbreak of the Cuban Revolution.
Bandleader/arranger/pianist/composer extraordinaire Roberto Linares Brown presents an all-star line-up of the finest Cuban musicians in the country. If you were at the Pupy show, you saw Pupy hand over his piano to the man … and let Roberto rock the house for a while.
Read the review of Roberto’s CD at the world’s premier Latin Music mail order house, Descarga.com. And buy it!
Roberto Linares Brown began his profesional career with Valentin y Los Del Caribe where he learned an international repertoire playing at the tourist resorts and showbars throughout Cuba. Roberto moved to Havana where he joined the legendary timba group Azucar Negra as piano player. But it was in 2001 when he joined Adalberto Alvarez y su Son as pianist and arranger that Roberto Linares Brown got to display the full range of his considerable talents. Over the course of three albums and countless tours throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America, Roberto Lineras Brown gained the reputation as one of Cuba’s most talented arrangers and composers. Since moving to Toronto in 2004, Roberto has performed with Cafe Cubano, Yani Borrell,and is part of the Salsa Africa project.
Award winning trova/fusion singer Kelvis Ochoa joins salsa/pop star Leoni Torres and Havana’s #1 reggaeton crew, Los Salvajes for a special Valentine?s Day presentation of the most popular Cuban music artists on the scene today.
Saturday February 6th 2010 at Six Degrees Nightclub, 2335 Yonge Street ,Toronto
Yonge@Eglinton Subway Station. www.sixdegreesthevenue.com Doors open 8:30, Showtime 10:00 pm. Advance tickets tickets $35.00 Available on-line at www.torontohispano.com.
Price at the door $40.00
Also available in Latin Stores.
Havanarte Productions presents three number one acts from Havana’s diverse music scene in a three hour show that travels from salsa to pop romantica, from trova to reggaeton.
Says a Havanarte spokesperson: “All of these artists sell out clubs and concert halls in Cuba on a regular basis. We have brought them all up together to present this fantastic evening of Cuban music for the Toronto audience at almost the same price that it would cost to see any one of them on their own”. For more info click:
Launch event for a new book on history of Cuba, from the point of view of cane plantations playing a central role… by Dr. Gillian McGillivray of York University, Toronto.
Thursday 14 January 2010, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at William Doo Auditorium – 45 Willcocks St, in the University of Toronto campus.
Dr. Frank Guridy from the University of Texas at Austin will introduce the book.
The author will share some Cuban anecdotes, and then we will celebrate with some salsa, son, snacks, and a cash bar.
In Havana, the annual Lucas Awards are a big deal, the awards for the best music videos of the year. This year, Evaristo’s major new song “Siempre que Llueve” was nominated in 6 categories. The video won the “Making of” category. Here’s the original video, and the award. Yes it may rain… but afterwards, the sun always shines! A good note to begin the new year on, congratulations Evaristo!
We quoted Daisuke Hinata, Japanese director of Cubamania DVD: “The difference between Cuban salsa, and other salsa, is that… the Cubans make it more musical!”.
Well yes but… many people who come to this site probably have a gut feel like that… it doesn’t win many arguments. Exactly what is the difference?
Kevin Moore’s web site timba.com contains his analysis from a musican’s point of view, and it has long been the standard place to go and find out exactly what is all that “extra stuff” going on in Cuban timba.
Now he’s come out with a book, focused on piano, as the first volume of a series on Cuban musicianship, and how it not only underlies other derivative “salsa” styles, but also most forms of popular music today. Already, critical raves are heaping up. You probably need a copy to browse, even if you don’t play the piano , here’s the Amazon.com link.
Hilario Durán, may be the Toronto musician who Cuba misses the most, plays piano. He’s worked out a very smooth Cuban groove working with Luis Mario Ochoa, singer and guitarist from Havana who has been pleasing Toronto audiences longer than most of them. Joaquín Nuñez learned percussion with some of the best in Cuba, shares what he knows with conviction. At Latinada for you on Friday Dec 18 9 PM. 1671 Bloor Street West near High Park.