Fuego Entertainment's president and CEO Hugo Cancio.Cuban music aficionados and lovers of el cubaneo in general had reason to rumba in front of their computer screens last Wednesday when Fuego Entertainment dropped the news that it'd be producing the first-ever Fuego Cuban Music World Festival. ... More >>
The Buena Vista Social Club will play its first American shows in seven years this week, with appearances in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.Like Silvio Rodriguez, the band's likely skipping South Florida for fear of protests from fringe exile groups. The legendary geezers are just the lates ... More >>
Every week, exiled Cubans are pissed about something. If it's not a Los Van Van concert, it's Hugo Chavez. Protesting outside Versailles is their idea of a Glee club, and their favorite pastime is tacking on new crimes, no matter how far-fetched, to Fidel Castro's long list of offenses. In this ... More >>
In the last year, a gaggle of Cuban musicians have performed in Miami for the first time in decades. There was Los Van Van, Omara Portuondo, and goateed troubadour Carlos Varela. But when singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez announced two weeks ago he would tour the United States for the first sinc ... More >>
At least musically, the Obama administration is softening diplomatic relations with Cuba. On Wednesday famed singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez was granted a travel visa, and this Saturday folk singer Carlos Varela will be performing in Miami. Earlier this year, salsa band Los Van Van and legend ... More >>
If you're thinking this means Transit Lounge's little eats spot next door is now serving pasta, you're wrong. Or you could be right. Frankly, I've never really looked at the menu. It's my understanding the offer late-night pizza and chicken fingers to soak the booze in your belly, but that's not ... More >>
I try not to be too biased when it comes to Latin music. But it's hard to stay impartial when you're Cuban. After all, we're talking about one tiny island responsible for so many ass-shaking styles of music, it's downright mind-boggling. Never mind the fact that every single exile you've ever met ... More >>
via jazzfestwienPortuondoEver since the Los Van Van concert last month went by without a hitch, cantankerous anti-Castro activists here have been itching for some kind of PR victory. They just got it today: bolero singer Omara Portuondo canceled her March 2 concert at The Fillmore in Miami Beach ... More >>
Los Van Van landed in Miami like a lit match dropped on an ancient anthill.Erik MazaRuckus at the concertOn Sunday, hundreds of grizzled Cubans came out of the woodwork -- Westchester, Little Havana, Hialeah -- to protest the popular band's concert at the James L. Knight Center.They came bearing ... More >>
Los Van Van, the Cuban dance band that performed at the Knight Center last night, drew around 400 anti-Castro protesters. [ABCNews]Inner-city neighborhoods such as Liberty City might be in position for an economic renaissance. [Herald]Miami-Dade interim director James Loftus is expected to be p ... More >>
It's a measure of the new exile tolerance that a heralded band from Cuba is headed for Miami, and -- at least so far -- no one is talking about protests, pain or politics. The Septeto Nacional made its last U.S. appearance at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, where it won a Gold Medal by spreadin ... More >>
Global Cuba Fest hits the Spiegelworld tent.
Musician comes back to his roots
Yerba Buena releases a stunning debut of cross-cultural rhythms
Issac Delgado returns to a kinder, gentler Miami
The Story of Cuba
Cuba's musicians are anxious to cash in on the overseas market. But in the process they could sell out their sound.
Attorney Victor Diaz chats up the ACLU's Howard Simon
John de Leon
Los Van Van makes a grab for dot.com dough
What's a day in Miami without a bizarre twist?
Miami scenesters sound off
The quiet intensity of pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned
Willy Chirino gets slippery
Another round of Los Van Van insanity
Shut up and dance!
How about a little music with your drama?
Promoter Debbie Ohanian stared down the City of Miami and won a victory in the area's latest absurdo
The sound of tomorrow's Cuba
The biggest surprise at Havana's Cubadisco '98: A burgeoning retinue of Americans hoping to cash in
There was Cuban music at Midem's inaugural Miami music conference, but not much -- and maybe never again
The Castro government is marketing music, and the whole world is buying. Except Miami.
Los Van Van's first-ever U.S. tour took them everywhere but here
As a lead singer for Los Van Van, Israel Kantor was a star in his native country. But Miami isn't Cuba.