What meaning does music have 4 Cubans ?

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From the Original /  Harvard University Jazz Band Visit Cuba Video & description post in YouTube

Appreciating Cuban music – its vast diversity, and how deeply sewn into the social and political fabric of the country it is – was at the heart of the Jazz Band’s historic trip.

The fast-paced, 8-day musical adventure marked the group’s first tour in 25 years, and Terry, a saxophonist and chekeré  ( West African percussion instrument consisting of a dried gourd with beads … In Cuba, the chekeré, also known as aggué -abwe-, is a large, hollow gourd ~50 cm long, approx. 19 1⁄2 in) player who joined Harvard’s faculty in 2015, organized an itinerary to not only showcase Cuba’s musical vibrancy, but also illuminate recent efforts to rescue and preserve many of the age-old traditions.

Music scholarship framed every day’s activities for the band, which passed traditional Havana tourist sites such as Revolution Square and the Capitol building with only glancing views.

Instead, Terry took students to hear performances from the likes of Orquesta Tipica (typical Orchestra) Miguel Failde in Matanzas, the birthplace of music and dance traditions called rumba and danzon (official musical genre and dance of Cuba) respectively.



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September 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A six-year-old Cuban girl named Naomi battling brain cancer couldn’t get a desperately needed U.S.-patented drug. Judy Ingels, a 74-year-old California woman with stage four lung cancer had to sneak into Cuba last spring in violation of American travel restrictions in order to receive a Cuban-developed drug that could help prolong her life for years. Both of these cases are because of the United States government’s economic blockade against the Cuban people for more than 50 years, – including denial of vital medicines.

Cubans and people of the U.S. – particularly Cuban and U.S. health care professionals – need to talk about the impact of the blockade on health and how to end a policy that helps no one.

That’s the purpose of this main event for the “Days of Action Against the Blockade” in Washington (Sept. 11-16, 2017). Organized by the International Committee as part of the International Campaign for a Just U.S. Policy on Cuba, this main event will feature Cuban health professionals and their U.S. counterparts, as well as a number of U.S. graduates of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM):

Invited guests, Cuban Ambassador, José Ramón Cabañas
Musical performance by Swamp Guinee’s Crank LuKongo
Moderator: Stephen Kimber, Canadian journalist and professor


  • Dr. Jesús de los Santos Renó Céspedes
  • Eduardo Gonzalez Copello
  • ELAM graduates from the U.S
  • Margaret Flowers, Co-director Popular Resistance

ELAM, as it is known, is a unique international medical school created by the Cuban government in 1999 to train students from poor communities in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the United States to be doctors. During these unique cross-border conversations, the Cuban health care specialists will not only discuss the impact of the blockade with their U.S. counterparts but they will also discuss the lessons people of the U.S. can learn from Cuba’s successful long-running universal health care program and its world class health outcomes.

September 14
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Event Categories:
Arts Event, Conference, Panel Discussion
Event Tags:
blockade, Cuba, Cuban Embargo, Latin America, Medicaid, Medicare, National Nurses United, Trump Administration, Universal healthcare
Calvary Baptist Church
755 Eighth Street, NW DC

https://www.ips-dc.org, August 28, 2017

Lessons & Prevention Policies – YEAP!

“It drives me crazy when I see stories after hurricanes that talk about the boom from all the rebuilding,” …“It just ignores all the destruction, the lost jobs, the lost wages” Richard Moody, chief economist at Regions Financial Corp. Via Hurricane Harvey’s financial devastation may be far worse than data suggests / MarketWatch.com

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Related: Irma the 9th Tropical Storm of the Current Season


The shocking images of the thousands of people who have been trapped as a result of the floods caused by Hurricane Harvey force us to ask ourselves
Why a mandatory evacuation alert was not issued ?
Why our scheme of response to catastrophes does not include an organized prevention system ?

It seems that we have not yet learned the lesson that left us Hurricane Katrina (12 years ago): More than 1836 people dead + 135 missing + 353 000 houses destroyed
Damages estimated at more than 150 trillion dollars + a House renting skyrocketed to 43 %.

… Harvey is leaving us
30 000 people waiting to be evacuated while waiting to be trapped in their homes
40,000 Homes Destroyed in Houston
Number of disappeared and victims unknown …

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Cohiba Atmosphere-Habanos S.A

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Trademarks – Cuban Tobaccos

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Original post @ Granma English

Cohiba is the most highly prized brand in the world of cigars. Created in 1966, these cigars were for many years only available as gifts to government dignitaries, Cuban or visiting from abroad. They have always been rolled in the Laguito factory, in Havana.

Since 1982, when they were presented in several countries, Cuba’s emblematic Cohibas have been available, in limited quantities, for the enjoyment of the world’s most discriminating smokers.


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3 Cuban beaches among the most beautiful in the world in 2017

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Via TheCubanHistory.com + LatinPress

Sirena Beach,  Lindamar & Paradise  all in Cayo Largo Resort where included. The leader product of beaches is diving, and excursions of huge impact, such as Super Reef. Over 41,000 deep-sea immersions per year show the growing interest in diving.





Travel without Risk: add it to the list of benefits offered by Cuba

Post by @CubanWindow via Reasons for Cuba

Cuba, more known for its natural beauty, familiarity and solidarity of its inhabitants offers also to those who visit it an incomparable sensation of tranquility and security.

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Cuban stories told by Cubans: Small entrepreneurs, Big challenges

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From OnCuba Site: “Yuyú” and the recycled paper adventure By Eduardo González Martínez

Yunairy Estrada Carpio (Yuyú) every day makes 60 sheets of paper. When she started to making them by hand, in her Old Havana workshop she just had the baby tub of her daughter Alejandra, which she still uses three years later.

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#Eyeife: Electronic Music + African Roots = Cuban Culture

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The name Eyeife comes from Yoruba and its meaning is related to one of the signs that are used for the divination with coconuts in Afro Cuban religion Santeria, and has to do with the balance between positive and negative energies. Mauricio Abad, artistic director of the festival, said the event wants new generations to know more about the African roots of Cuban culture. To give them these sounds through the music of the digital age, is an intelligent way.

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