Havana, Cuba – Spontaneity and lack of inhibition were two key elements clearly
visible in the popular balls the Cubans organized to celebrate the opening of
2005 and the 46th anniversary of the victory of their Revolution.
Cuba strengthened as a musical island with the best representatives of son,
rumba, bolero and timba, in a gigantic show taking place at the main squares of
The traditional cannon shot at 9 pm, during the colony times a signal to
announce the city walls were closing, transmuted its meaning to open the New
Year celebrations, releasing the positive energy of songs and rhythms defying
the surprising rainy clouds arriving.In Old Havana’s Amphitheater, the legendary Septeto Habanero made the families
gathered there dance to the exhaustion and awakened the admiration of a group of
tourists, ‘infected’ by the virus of raucous joy of those who intoned old
Meanwhile, at the Antimperialist Tribune facing the US Interest Section, the
youth drained the night out of music until the wee small hours with a
mega-concert by Buena Fe, David Blanco,
Van Van and La Charanga Habanera,
including other popular bands.
The main coliseums in Havana also opened for a program including the dancers of
the famous Tropicana cabaret, at the National Theater; the Boleros de Oro
(Golden Boleros), at the Mella Theater; and the revival of the play “Tibor
Galarraga,” in El Sotano Hall.
Summing up, January 1st was a day brimming over with the love Cubans feel for
the best of their popular culture.
[Photo; los Van Van].
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.