Tonite: 30 May 2009 - Cuba Canta con
Emiliano Echeverria - KPFA FM

Posted by Radio Cuba Canta | | Posted On 30 May, 2009 at 5/30/2009

Radio Cuba Canta - Broadcasting tonight on KPFA-FM: Tribute to Ricardo Abreu y Los Papines, los maestros de Guaguanco!

Tonight, Cuba Canta presents 2 hours of Guaguanco with Los Papines in a special dedicated to the late Ricardo Abreu, founder and leader of Los Papines.

Rarezas con Celeste Mendoza, Merceditas Valdes, Orquesta Aragon y otros.

If you're not in Bay area, we're streaming at or archived at We'll feature early and rare recordings along with some live surprises & some of their "big hits"....

Produced by Emiliano Echeverria
Community Calendar produced by Ron Flores
Engineer C'Tone at the controls.

Listen NOW:
Radio Cuba Canta- Saturday, May 30, 2009

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Radio Cuba Canta - Saturday, May 30, 2009

Original Broadcast: May 30, 2009
KPFA 94.1 FM - in SF Bay Area & Northern California -
KPFB 89.3 FM - Berkeley
KFCF 88.1 FM - Fresno

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Videos de Los Papines:

LOS PAPINES 1978 (gracias a plslcore)

LOS PAPINES - EN UN AVION (gracias a Shaktor)

Los Papines con Pupy y Que Son Son (gracias a igemellidicuba)

¡Feliz Cumpleaños a

Posted by Radio Cuba Canta | | Posted On 28 May, 2009 at 5/28/2009

de CTon' -Latin Jazz Mecca :  

Today, Maestro Armando Peraza celebrates his 85th Birthday!

  Armando, born in Havana, Cuba has been on the cutting edge of music spanning Afro-Cuban to Jazz to Rock with groups performers such as Conjunto Kubavana (with Potato Valdez), Slim Galliard, Machito, Perez Prado and Tito Puente.

While most of his Cuban compatriots settled in proximity of the 'Jazz Capital' - New York City - Armando has made the San Francisco Bay Area his home since the 1940s, becoming an imporant collaborator in the jazz scenes of the Fillmore District and the North Beach/Broadway area clubs of the late 50s/early 60s; and providing that Afro-Cuban rhythmic foundation for bandleaders such as George Shearing, Carlos Federico, Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Carlos Santana, The Machete Ensemble, and many more.

Two evenings of tributes to Armando are being held this weekend at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland

Check out this week's article in the San Francisco Chronicle

...and enjoy a few of the many highlights from his illustrious career:

Armando Peraza with José Areas - Percussion solos
  (Live in Montreux Jazz Festival, 1988)

Armando se junta con Tata Güines despues 30 años para un Changüi con Cubanismo en San Francisco, 1998:

Armando with George Shearing and Peggy Lee
 (Armando's composition, "Mambo in Miami" starts at 2:45:)

Armando Peraza at the annual NAMM music convention, Los Angeles, January 2009:
  (with Giovanni Hidalgo and Jesus Diaz)

With Santana and Herbie Hancock in 1981: Percussion Jam
  (also featuring percussionists Raul Rekow and Orestes Vilato)

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Maestro!

Tonight- Special Broadcast: 05 May 2009
Cronicas De La Raza - KPFA FM

Posted by Radio Cuba Canta | | Posted On 05 May, 2009 at 5/05/2009

Cinco de Mayo! Our special two-part program tonight celebrates this triumph of the Mexican people over the occupying French military forces and the reinstatement of President Benito Juarez, the first Indigenous president in the Americas.

Part One features News Headlines from the Americas, and an exclusive interview with San Francisco attorney Bill Martinez on the Hillary Clinton State Department's blocking of Cuban folk singer Silvio Rodriguez from performing with Pete Seeger in New York for his 90th Birthday celebration. Guest Chesa Boudin discusses his new book "Gringo" and his exciting travels in Latin America. We will hear excerpts from the works of Eduardo Galeano, the Uruguayan author whose books sales have risen since Hugo Chavez gifted President Obama with a copy. We add the lively spice of musica, as well as a calendar of upcoming cultural events.

In Part Two, Mr. Chuch offers the story of Cinco de Mayo, with a mix of musica, history, poetry y mas! Enjoy the fiesta!

Produced by Vanesa Bohm, Carmen Andrea Rivera, CTone, Julieta Kusnir, Emiliano Echeverria, Ventura Longoria and Nina Serrano.

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Hear the webcast: Available immediately after live broadcast
Mp3 / iTunes podcast:
La Raza Chronicles - Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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La Raza Chronicles - May 5, 2009 - stream @ KPFA FM

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USCE: US State Dept failure to issue visa to Silvio Rodriguez to join Pete Seeger 90th birthday concert

Posted by Radio Cuba Canta | | Posted On 03 May, 2009 at 5/03/2009

03 May 2009:
Letter from Louis Head of US-Cuba Cultural Exchange
re Failure of US state dept to issue visa for Silvio Rodriguez

U.S. State Department fails to issue visa for Silvio Rodríguez

Act NOW to demand entry for Cuban artists and professionals

US-Cuba Cultural Exchange

May 3, 2009

Following is the text of an email from Silvio Rodríguez (English, then Spanish original), regarding the failure of the United States State Department to issue him an entry visa. Rodríguez, Cuba's premier singer-songwriter and co-founder of that country's New Song Movement, was to perform at Pete Seeger's 90th birthday concert in New York today, Sunday, May 3.

Rodríguez' entry into the United States to perform might have been a major breakthrough following years of wrong-headed U.S. policy towards Cuban artists and professionals. Instead, the State Department, while not explicitly denying the visa, allowed it to be tied up such that it was not approved, at least not in time (as of this writing) for the very performance for which it was solicited.

You can help. Take a moment and call the U.S. State Department and express your sentiment that Cuban artists be allowed to enter the United States to share their work with appreciative and deserving American audiences. Tell them that it is an embarrassment that an artist of the stature of Silvio Rodríguez be denied entry into the country to join hands with Pete Seeger along with the dozens of other performers who joined with him today.

Thanks to Bill Martínez for all the work involved in the visa solicitation.

U.S. State Department Switchboard:

Also, call the White House Comment Line
and express your feelings:
  (202) 456-1111


Louis Head
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Message from Silvio Rodríguez to his sister in Havana, also his manager:

Today is May 1 and it is 8:40pm in Paris. I just connected online to the United States Embassy site in France, where information is published regarding visa solicitations. My visa application is listed as being in process, the same status that it has maintained since I made the application. Today being the day that I was to fly to New York, and given that the visa has still not appeared, tomorrow I will leave instead for Havana.

You can pass this message to Pete's grandson Tao, and to Bill the attorney, along with my gratitude for their efforts as well as my sorrow resulting from the lack of respect shown by the State Department to them for having invited me to celebrate the 90th birthday of our dear friend Pete Seeger, living legend of North American song.

I believe that the attitude of the State Department is very contradictory, given the desire expressed by President Obama to bring the United States closer to Cuba. As a Cuban cultural worker, I continue to feel blockaded and discriminated against by other governments. Hopefully this will truly change someday.

Thanks for your help.



Mensaje de Silvio Rodríguez a su hermana, y gerente, en La Habana:

Es viernes 1º de mayo, son las 8 y 40 de la noche en París y me acabo de conectar al sitio web donde la embajada de Estados Unidos en Francia publica noticias sobre las visas solicitadas. La mía figura en estado de trámites, como ha figurado desde que la solicité. Como hoy era el día en que debía volar a Nueva York y la visa no ha aparecido, mañana parto hacia La Habana.

Puedes pasarle este correo a Tao el nieto de Pete y a Bill el abogado, con mi gratitud por sus esfuerzos y con mi pesar por el poco respeto que el Departamento de Estado ha mostrado a la invitación que me hicieron para celebrar los 90 años del querido Pete Seeger, leyenda viva de la canción norteamericana.

Creo que la actitud del Departamento de Estado es muy contradictoria con el deseo expresado por el presidente Obama de un acercamiento con Cuba. Como trabajador de la cultura cubana me sigo sintiendo tan bloqueado y discriminado como por otros gobiernos. Ojalá esto cambie de verdad algún día.

Gracias por tu ayuda.