Solidarity Concert at Almendares Amphitheater

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – The solidarity concert America-Caribbean, Culture and Social Revolution, sponsored by the Almendares Vivo project, took place at Havana’s Metropolitan Park. The concert involved Gerardo Alfonso, Vicente Feliú, Alberto Tosca, Angel Quintero and Izquierdo Reservado, as well as Manguaré, Anónimo Consejo, Steel Band Havana and Café con leche, among others. Organizers said that the concert is held every three months and each version is dedicated to a different continent, in an effort to build a bridge to mutual knowledge and fraternal exchange among peoples.
On this occasion, the concert was a chant of brotherhood to America, stressed singer songwriter Gerardo Alfonso, the initiative’s promoter, who said that the previous concert was aimed at strengthening ties with Asia. The next concert, scheduled for April 2004, will be dedicated to Africa.

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Jazz Session Festival Closes

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Matanzas, Cuba – After several performances in which folkloric and popular music blended with jazz, and Master Chucho Valdés showed his talent, the International Jazz Session Festival closed in western Matanzas province. The festival, held in the beach resort of Varadero, closed with a concert by Irakere, which celebrated its 30th anniversary, Paulo FG and his Elite, and David Calzado and Charanga Habanera, at Plaza del Viaducto, in the city of Matanzas. Chucho Valdés said that the festival can alternate with the Jazz Plaza Festival, which is held every two years in Havana, taking into account that Matanzas and Varadero are very significant places in Cuban cultureThe 1st Jazz Session Festival was attended by internationally renowned musicians, including Steve Thurre and John Benitez, from the United States, and Argentinean guitarist Luis Salinas, as well as Cuban groups and musicians.

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DJ Cheb i Sabbah Files a Copyright Infringement Action

Los Angeles, USA – DJ Cheb i Sabbah filed a copyright infringement action
December 18 of 2003 in Federal Court in Los Angeles. According to Cheb i Sabbah,
his legendary classic hit song “Kese Kese” from his best selling album Shri
Durga
(1999) has been used in the upcoming Bollywood Indian movie soundtrack,
Plan, without his consent. In addition to the music being used unlawfully,
Cheb i Sabbah was not credited for the hit song. Among the defendants are Eros
Entertainment and T-Series music. The film is intended to be released by White
Feather Films, a joint venture production company of Sanjay Dutt, Sanjay Gupta
and Bobby Anand, which also produced Kaante. Entertainment Attorney Anthony Kornarens, a United States based attorney, has
been retained by Cheb i Sabbah to handle the matter involving the copyright
infringement. The lawsuit alleges Eros Entertainment, T-Series, and subsidiary
distributors are in violation of United States Copyright Act of 1976 (17 U.S.C.
§101, et seq.), which gives Cheb i Sabbah exclusive rights to control the use of
his work. Cheb i Sabbah is seeking a court order stopping the distribution of
the film and its soundtrack.

The defendants’ alleged infringement of Kese Kese has been widely distributed in
India, U.S., U.K., and Canada. Plan is expected to be one of the top ten
Bollywood Blockbusters of 2004 according to the IndiaTimes.com. In addition to
the soundtrack, the film will be shown in theaters worldwide, followed by a DVD
release. Despite the popularity of the original “Kese Kese,” Cheb i Sabbah was
never contacted by the film’s producers or music directors for permission to use
his work. Plan’s soundtrack, produced by music director Anand Raj Anand,
uses vocals from the popular Pakistani artist Adnan Sami along with Sunidhi
Chauhan.

Cheb i Sabbah comments, “I am shocked and dismayed to see my work used
without permission. Fortunately for artists who are taken advantage of,
traditional copyright laws offer protection for our creative works from
violations from large corporations
.”

Shri Durga, a best seller at Six Degrees Records,  featured some of
the greatest singers and instrumentalists in the Northern Indian classical music
tradition including the legendary Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, – a musical giant of
an ancient tradition who recorded specifically for Cheb i Sabbah’s project. Even
before Shri Durga was officially released, word got out to DJs around the
world, which lead to danceable “Kese Kese” remixes produced by the hottest
remixers from London for Cheb i Sabbah’s following album MahaMaya. The
trilogy of albums was completed with the success of Krishna Lila, hailed
as “one of the year’s best albums” by BBC Music in 2002. Together, the mythical
albums have designated Cheb i Sabbah as a hallmark of post-modern musical
spirituality and brought him international cult status in the world music genre
throughout the world. His latest album, As Far As – A DJ Mix, has reached
the Billboard top ten of World Music Albums.

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Grammy Nominee Says Elio Revé Was a Creator

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Guantánamo, Cuba.- The former member of Los Van Van orchestra, José Luis Quintana (Changuito), 1999 Latin Grammy nominee for “Ritmo Candela”, said that kettledrummer and orchestra director Elio Revé (1930-1997) was a creator in his instrument and his music. Changuito pointed out that the so-called “King of Changüí” (a controversial Cuban musical rhythm that some experts say it preceded “Son”) “created the five-note scale in the kettledrum”. Generally, kettledrummers play more than six notes when playing “Son”, but Revé was interested in playing five to guarantee the presence of Changüí in everything he played.

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Fado Sensation Mariza on Tour

Portugal – Portuguese fado sensation
Mariza
will be in the US in January to perform at the APAP showcases. In February she
will begin an extensive European tour.

January 2004
10 APAP Conference- Global Fest  New York, NY, USA

21 Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Scotland, UK

27 MIDEM Cannes, France

February 2004

  2 – Brescia in Teatro Grande, Italy

  3 – Parco della Musica in Roma, Italy  6 – Teatro Nuovo in Udine, Italy

  8 – Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Torino, Italy

  9 – Teatro Giacosa in Aosta, Italy

18 – Auditorio Pazo da Cultura in Pontevedra, Spain

20 and 21 –C.I.C.C.A. in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

23 – Teatro Lope de Vega in Seville, Spain

24 – Auditorio de Murcia in Murcia, Spain

26 – Auditorio Kursaal in San Sebastian, Spain

27 – Teatro Jovellanos in Gijón, Spain

29 – Petit Palau in Barcelona, Spain

March 2004

  1 – Islas Canarias, Teatro Guimerá in Tenerife, Spain

  9 – Bataclan in Paris, France

10 – Espace Malraux in Chambery, France

12 – Théatre La Licorne in Cannes, France

13 – L’esplanade in Saint-Etienne, France
16 – Centre Culturel Aragon in Oyonnax, France

18 – Centre Culturel in Joué les Tours, France

19 – Trianon Transatlantique in Sotteville les Rouen, France

20 – Ferme du Buisson in Noisiel, France 

22 – Théatre in Bordeaux, France

24 – Le Fanal Scène Nationale in Saint-Nazaire, France

25 – Théatre in Rezé, France

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World Festival of Flamenco, Christmas with an Andalusian flavor

Gerardo Núñez – Photo by Angel Romero

 

Marbella, Spain – For the third year in a row, the Don Miguel Hotel,
Marbella, is hosting the World Festival of Flamenco, from December 26th to 28th. This unique event aims to familiarize the national and international public with various aspects of the art through song, tap and dance in addition to other elements which comprise flamenco culture such as fashion and gastronomy. This occasion has also become an important tool for disseminating facets of flamenco among the Costa del Sol’s international tourist population.

The worldwide hotel association, Selected Hotels, is playing host to the third World Festival of Flamenco, one of the most important cultural events on the Selected Hotels Festival of Golf calendar. The Festival, organized by the Selected Events agency in collaboration with Turismo Andaluz and Seville’s Flamenco Biennial, is an original offer which enables people to enjoy the Christmas period and attend various shows and master classes given by flamenco’s top personalities over a three-day period.For Remedios Fernández, MarketingDirector of Selected Events “this event is an investment in promoting flamenco worldwide, complementing Andalucía’s and Málaga’s tourist offer while strengthening quality cultural tourism.“Following the success achieved by the Festival with foreign tourists in previous years, especially Scandinavians, central Europeans and Britons, Manuel Copete, manager of Seville’s Flamenco Biennial, will present this year the Flamenco
Guide, published by Turismo Andaluz, in English. “The Costa del Sol World Festival of Flamenco is a superb product for promoting flamenco beyond our own shores“, states Copete.

With its outstanding facilities and the pleasant climate of the Costa del Sol, having an average 325 days of sunshine a year, the Don Miguel Hotel, Marbella, is transformed into a perfect forum for blending Andalusian culture with all types of sports, especially golf. Manuel Macías, the director of Área Telemática de Turismo Andaluz, stresses that the festival “juxtaposes the world of flamenco with the hotel’s resources for playing such sports as golf, thereby making it an essential destination each year for the ‘flamenco traveller.’

Top personalities

The Festival of Flamenco welcomes top personalities in the field to the Costa del Sol: singers of the caliber of Rafael de Utrera, Fernando de la Morena and Juan Peña, ‘El Lebrijano’ who will premier his new opus internationally in the first live concert to feature his latest record. Along with the Seville singer, there will be performances by the guitarists, ‘Moraito’ and Gerardo Núñez who has also chosen the festival to present his new release internationally and teach flamenco-jazz sessions. Finally, during the festival, dancers of renown such as Antonio ‘El Pipa’, Carmén Cortés and Rafael de Carmen will be performing.

Running parallel to the shows are various exhibitions of Spanish guitar (Rafael Romero: guitar-maker), photography (Paco Sánchez), painting(La Chunga and Zaafra), sculpture (Serafín Venegas) and flamenco fashion (Paco Olea) in addition to conferences overseen by important scholars from the world of flamenco. Master classes in song, dance, percussion and tap will also play a fundamental role in the festival. Gerardo Núñez, heir to Paco de Lucía, will give a flamenco guitar class, ‘El Lebrijano’ will focus on the folk songs of
Lebrija while the dancer, Carmen Cortés, gives a seminar on flamenco dance and Angel Sánchez “Cepillo” takes the percussion course.

Selected Hotels has prepared packages which include bed, breakfast and free admission to all the conferences and performances of the three days of the Festival for any guest staying at the establishments owned by the hotel chain on the Costa del Sol, the Don Miguel Hotel, Marbella, and the Atalaya Park, Estepona, between December 26th and 28th.

For those not staying at the hotels, the organization has produced an offer, with a range of prices, for attending the evening shows taking place on December 26th, 27th and 28th respectively at 22:00hrs in the Salón Jacaranda of the Don Miguel Hotel. Prices are from from 15 to 25 euros, with tickets on sale at branches of “El Corte Inglés” and at the Don Miguel Hotel itself. The general public can also attend free of charge the presentations, conferences and classes
that are given throughout the festival.

Program:

Friday December 26th

13:00 Presentation of the English-version Flamenco Guide, published by Turismo Andaluz, and of the 13th Flamenco Biennial
18:00-19:15 Flamenco dance master class given by Carmen Cortés
19:15-20:30 Master class in guitar-playing by Gerardo Núñez
Percussion class given by Ángel Sánchez “Cepillo” Master class in flamenco singing given by Juan Peña “El Lebrijano”: Folk songs
of Lebrija 20:30-21:30 Conference focusing on the various sticks used in flamenco song, with Manuel Curao, journalist and presenter of flamenco programmes on Canal Sur Radio and Television, the principal speaker
22:00 Jerez. La búsqueda de las raices: Moraíto, Luis el Zambo and Fernando de la Morena, accompanied by the hand-clapping of el Chícharo, Gregorio and el Bo The dancing of Antonio El Pipa
Grand finale to the sounds of the Jerez Christmas drum ‘Zambomba’ (friction drum)
24:00 Flamenco – Jazz, directed by Gerardo Núñez

Saturday December 27th

13:00 World premier of Jerez guitar genius, Gerardo Núñez’ latest recording
18:00-19:15 Flamenco dance master class given by Carmen Cortés
19:15-20:30 Master class in guitar-playing by Gerardo Núñez
Percussion class given by Ángel Sánchez “Cepillo”
Master class in flamenco singing given by Juan Peña “El Lebrijano”: Folk songs of Lebrija
20:30-21:30 Conference focusing on flamenco guitar with José Manuel Gamboa, writer, flamenco expert and representative of the General Society of Authors, the principal speaker

22:00 Gerardo Núñez and Carmen Cortés in concert
24:00 Flamenco – Jazz, directed by Gerardo Núñez

Sunday December 28th

13:00 Presentation of Juan Peña “El Lebrijano”‘s latest recording
18:00-19:15 Flamenco dance master class given by Carmen Cortés
19:15-20:30 Master class in guitar-playing by Gerardo Núñez
Percussion class given by Ángel Sánchez “Cepillo”
Master class in flamenco singing given by Juan Peña “El Lebrijano”: Folk songs of Lebrija
20:30-21:30 Conference focussing on the centenary of the birth of flamenco singer, Pepe Marchena: ‘Una figura del flamenco: cien años de Pepe Marchena’, with the El Correo de Andalucía critic, Manuel Bohórquez, the principal speaker

22:00 El compás de Utrera y Lebrija: Rafael de Utrera and Juan Peña “El Lebrijano” The dancing of Rafael de Carmen with Daniel Méndez on guitar, percussion player and Bernardo Parrilla on violin
24:00 Flamenco – Jazz, directed by Gerardo Núñez

December 22nd-31st

Flamenco fashion display and exhibition
Photographic and exhibition
Exhibition of Flamenco painting and sculpture

December 26th-29th

The art of guitar-making: manufacturing workshop, guitar exhibition and practical demonstrations of craftsmen at work.

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Manzanillo: An Original Cuban Orchestra

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Cubans, Mexicans, Colombians, Panamanians and
many others have danced for 40 years to the beat of the Original de Manzanillo
orchestra, never thinking how difficult it is to reach fame and maintain it,
away from the capital of the country. But this "charanga" orchestra has proved
that there are exceptions to the rule. Its director, Wilfredo (Pachy) Naranjo,
is a self-taught musician who has placed the orchestra among the stars of Cuban
dance music, one of the strongest artistic tendencies in the world. The key to
success has been the honesty and braveness with which Original de Manzanillo has
defended its commitment, based on creative fidelity to the eastern variants of
Cuban "Son", rigor to choose the musicians and the repertoire, and love for good music.That is how they acquired a unique sonority, without excluding the
influence of the so-called oriental organ and other formats, and conquered, with
elegance and good taste, the title of family orchestra, because they amuse
children, youths and adults. The secret to have so many fans lies in the fact
that they also play for those who cannot dance; that permanent "tumbao" of
Original de Manzanillo helps follow the beat, in addition to saying where it
comes from. Original de Manzanillo, which debuted professionally on December 21,
1963, has been loyal to the roots of Cuban popular dance music and has earned
international recognition.

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Julia Roberts Tells Musicians She Wants to Make a Film in Cuba

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – US actress Julia Roberts is interested in making a film in Cuba, as she told a group of musicians from the Caribbean Island who were touring the United States. We met by chance, said Lázaro Rivera, director and lead singer of the group Valle Son. We met in a New York market and when we asked her for a photo, she told us that she would give it to us if we give her tickets for our performance, because they had been sold out. At the end of the concert, she went to the dressing rooms and invited us to have lunch with her the following day, he added. We were playing music in her home and talking about Cuban music and its repercussion in the world. Roberts’ interest in Cuba seems to come from US moviemaker Steven Soderberg’s visit to Havana in 2001, when he was accompanied by Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro. Son de Cuba, a show by seven musicians from western Pinar del Río province, was taken to the United States to promote the group’s first CD, produced by Caribou Records Inc. The group blends traditional music with a “Son” variant known as “timba”, which makes emphasis on choruses and dialogue between percussion and metals.

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An Original Night for Manzanillo

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Manzanillo, Cuba – An unforgettable night was that when Original de Manzanillo, one of Cuba’s best orchestras, celebrated its 40th anniversary along with friends such as Frank Fernández, Omara Portuondo and Cándido Fabré. The gala-tribute took place by the sea. The celebration began on December 15, with the presentation of the 40th Anniversary cocktail, made with Pinilla rum (which has been produced in Manzanillo for 100 years), special raisin wine, mineral water, lemon juice and sugar. Parties were held in the neighborhoods where the musicians live, and a documentary on the orchestra was presented. Festivities will continue until January in several Cuban provinces, including the City of Havana.

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Desandann Vocal Group Tours Haiti

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Camagüey, Cuba – The vocal group Desandann, made up of musicians of Haitian origin from Camagüey, visited Haiti for the fourth time to perform during the festivities on the 200th anniversary of that country’s independence. Directed by Professor Emilia Díaz Chávez, the group sings in Creole, Spanish and English languages, and will sing 16 songs by Haitian, Cuban and US composers during the tour.In 1996, 2000 and 2001, Desandann visited Haiti, from where large groups of immigrants settled in Cuba, leaving their imprint in such sectors as arts, cuisine, and sugar agriculture. Founded in 1994, the group combines vocal virtuosity with charismatic movements. They have also performed in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Martinique.

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