Calm after the Storm | American Travel to Cuba The recent hullabaloo concerning the vacation of Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z in Cuba has disturbed an apparent wasp nest of critics & hardliners in South Florida. Yet, the list of US stars who have visited Cuba in recent years is mind bogglingly long, including such celebrities as; Jack Nicholson, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover, Stewart Copeland, Benicio del Toro, Bill Murray, Sean Penn, James Caan, Bonnie Raitt, Montell Jordan, Michael Franti, Amy Ray & Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) and countless other American singers, musicians, actors, sports stars and celebrities have visited Cuba. So why can all these fellow Americans visit Cuba yet you can’t? It's probably more your belief you can’t than actual rules that prohibit your trip these days. If your trip is associated with academic research of any type, you automatically qualify for what is known as a general license. The general license is also known as the paperless permit to visit Cuba. It is called this because American visitors to Cuba who are traveling for academic reasons do not need to pursue any specific permit from the United States Treasury Department (OFAC) so long as they document their trip and, it be for a demonstrable academic reason. […]
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William Vivanco was born on October 6. 1975 in Santiago de Cuba and is a popular music star, composer and musician. Vivanco learned to play guitar by frequenting the Jazz Club inSantiago de Cuba called Casa de la Trova located on the city’s bustling Calle Heredia. As he says, he started “stealing chords” from back then. He later made ends meet as astreet busker, offering melodies in the streets of his city. Healso performed with a professional children’s choir. He […]
Cuban Reggaeton Stars Cuban Reggaeton is an urban form of music which started in Havana in the late 90s which has its roots in Latin and Caribbean music. Its sound originates from the Reggae en Espanol from central America and countries like Colombia and Panama. The genre was invented, shaped and made known in Puerto Rico in the early 1990s where it got its name. Popular songs have been: La mordidita by Candyman y la Familia Chupa chupa by […]
Los Van Van Los Van Van is a Cuban band led by bassist Juan Formell, and is the most recognized post-revolution Cuban bands. Formell is one of the most important figures in contemporary Cuban music. In 2011, they collaborated with Carlinhos Brown to record the song “Soy Loco por Ti, America” for the Red Hot Organization’s most recent charitable album “Red Hot+Rio 2.” The album is a follow-up to the 1996 “Red Hot + Rio.” Proceeds from the sales will […]
Chucho Valdes (real name Jesus Dionisio Valdes in Quivican, Cuba, October 9, 1941) is a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. In 1972 he created the group Irakere, one of Cuba’s best-known Latin jazz bands. With pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Valdes is revered as one of Cuba’s greatest jazz pianists. His father is another famed Cuban pianist and former director of Havana’s famous “Tropicana” night club band Bebo Valdes. Chucho has won 4 Grammy awards: in 1978 for the album Live […]
Music of Cuba The music of Cuba, including the instruments and the dances, is mostly of European (Spanish) and African origin. Most forms of the present day are creolized fusions and mixtures of these two sources. Almost nothing remains of the original Indian traditions. The Caribbean island of Cuba has developed a wide range of creolized musical styles, based on its cultural origins in Europe and Africa. Since the 19th century its music has been hugely popular and influential throughout […]
Tropicana Cabaret If you enjoy and appreciate Las Vegas style Tropicana Cabaret entertainment with a live orchestra, dozens of dancers and entertainers then the Tropicana Cabaret won’t disappoint. Theres an […]
The spectacular showplace that became The Tropicana evolved out of a Depression-era bohemian nightclub called Eden Concert, operated by Cuban impresario Victor de Correa. One day, two casino operators approached […]