(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Cuban Culture Deputy Minister for
Music Abel Acosta said that "this year has been great for Cuban culture, and
in 2004, the country’s music will look within". Acosta’s meeting with the
press took place at a promotion center in western Havana. The meeting was aimed
at reviewing Cuban music in 2003 and explain next year’s goals. The Cuban
official said that at present, the country is trying to increase its presence in
the world, despite the hostility of the world’s biggest economic and military
power. "The country will look within, so will music and culture this new year",
he added. Several excellent musicians will be in charge of this new
utopia-reality by the Cubans, added Acosta. The symphonic orchestras, he
announced, will be turned into teaching units, so the future musicians will give
concerts and at the same time, they will receive theoretical-practical classes,
he pointed out.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.