Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera, on his way to Havana,
visited the Cubania Cultural Center, a place in Santo Domingo where
new dreams for Latin American integration are being fostered.
Cuban ambassador to Dominican Republic Omar Cordoba briefed the singer on
the Cubania project, a big colonial house where a magical connection between
the visitors and Cuban music is established every night.A space for craftworks and exhibitions of new artists of fine arts, the
center also concentrates emblematic products such as coffee and tobacco
which, beyond commercial items, are symbols of the Cuban traditions.
A figure cherished by Dominicans, Rivera participated in a recital where
singers from the two nations performed some guaracha, son and bolero.
The Puerto Rican singer, a champion of Latin American integration,
considered very positive to have consolidated a stage where artists form
these nations permanently perform.
Rivera has played in important spots around the world and is currently
working in the consolidation of the International Department of Fine Arts
and Music project, in Havana.
Along with Pablo Marcano Garcia, the popular singer sponsors this
department, attached to the National Art Schools Center, where Latin
American students will have access to higher studies of art, he commented
for Prensa Latina.
“The department currently counts on 19 students, 11 will study music and
eight fine arts in Havana´s San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy, where they have
a syllabus especially designed for them,” Rivera stated.
For those who, as Danny Rivera, are Havanabound -and emotionally bound to
Havana- a visit to Cubania is like turning music into a sensorial kingdom to
taste the pleasure of new challenges.
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.