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AfroCubaWeb Archives 2004

Abaku� and Efiks

Marta Rojas, writer & journalist

Ekpe Festival: Ebongo Masquarade, Calabar, Nigeria

Pedro P�rez Sarduy, writer & journalist

BaraRumba in Canada, Summer '04

Cubans in Calabar
, 12/04

V�ctor Dreke, Che's second in the Congo

Teresa Cardenas, poet & writer

Rogelio Mart�nez Fur� wins National Dance Prize

Nancy Morej�n wins Littterature Prize

Eugene Godfried

International Ekpe Festival, Calabar & Uyo, Nigeria: 12/13/04 - 12/18/04: Cuban Abaku� attended, great set of photos showing relationships between Calabar & Cuba.

Wemilere 2004 African Roots Festival, 11/04

XXIV Caribbean Festival, Feast of Fire, Santiago de Cuba, 7/04. Dedicated to Haiti. See also Haiti in Cuba.

Rumba y Folklore in Matanzas, 5/04

From the Habanera to "Louie Louie": The Other Great Tradition by Ned Sublette 5/19/04, CUNY, NY City - The author of Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo will speak about the relationship of Cuban music and music in the U.S.

Rogelio Scull, founding member of Afro-Cuba de Matanzas, in Texas prison hospice, 3/3/04. He welcomes letters.

Current U.S. Policy Re: Entry Of Cubans Into The U.S., 2/5/04: "Since most cuban artists are compensated by the cuban government, they are rightly considered to be its employees."

The numbers are in, Bush's latest attacks on Cuban Americans are finally impacting his support in Miami, see Rebellion in Miami.

"Long John" Oliva, "el Rumbero del Jazz" dies unexpectedly in LA, 7/04

Rogelio Scull, founding member of Afro-Cuba de Matanzas, dies in Texas prison hospice, 6/12/04. 

Pedro P�rez-Sarduy will be teaching at Trinity College, Hartford for the Fall '04 term. One course covers his new novel, The Maids, out soon in English.

Cuban National Ballet star Carlos Acosta to dance in London, 7/04.  See also Carlos Acosta and his Ach� by Pedro P�rez-Sarduy, 6/20/04

Una fugaz mirada a los "noventa" y un comentario sobre "El har�n de Oviedo", a review of Marta Rojas' work,  7/15/04

Film maker Gloria Rolando to visit US in Fall  '04 for premier of the English version of Roots of My Heart on the 1912 massacre of AfroCubans and Los Marqueses de Atar�s on a carnival comparsa in Havana. 

"In the Vortex of the Cyclone": Selected Poems by Excilia Salda�a: A Bilingual Edition out with foreword by Nancy Morej�n, 9/04

We feature critiques of author and journalist Marta Rojas' two novels.

Extracts from Pedro P�rez Sarduy's novel Las Criadas de La Habana and other works, 10/02. See also In Living Memory - he remembers his great grandmother Sabue born in Africa.

Support the artists: get  Pello's sheet music for bata, Flor Amalia's script, and Gloria Rolando's films. This is legal trade that benefits these artists.

Susana Arenas Pedroso, a Matancera formerly with Raices Profunda, is giving dance classes in the Bay Area.  
Expert Afrocuba de Matanzas percussionist Ramon "Sandy" Garcia has moved to the Bay Area and is also giving classes.

Centro de Investigaci�n y Desarrollo de la M�sica (CIDMUC) has a great atlas of Cuban music: Atlas de los Instrumentos Folkl�rico-Popular de Cuba. See also Olavo Alen's History of the Congas.

Numerous dancers and percussionists from Cuba are teaching in the US and Europe, listed under Workshops.

Dialogue In Santiago De Cuba With Joel Mourlot Mercaderes On Antonio Maceo Y Grajales “Freedom Worker” by Eug�ne Godfried, 11/04

Dialogo En Santiago De Cuba Con Joel Mourlot Mercaderes: Antonio Maceo y Grajales, de Eug�ne Godfried, 11/04

La Maya y la Masacre de 1912: Eug�ne Godfried En Dialogo Con Maritza Elias, 11/04 

Cuban Popular Music: Renewal Efforts From Above, by Eug�ne Godfried, 9/04

The African Cuban Diaspora’s Cultural Shelters and Their Sudden Disappearance in 1959, by Eug�ne Godfried, 8/04

Dialogue with Juan Cruz, Past President, ‘Marianao Club Social’ - La Havana, by Eug�ne Godfried, 8/6/04

Dialogue with Founding Leaders of Guantanamo’s Social Club ‘La Nueva Era’ by Eug�ne Godfried, 8/6/04

La Protesta de Baragua: Culture and Popular Music Have the Last Word -- They Say What the Official Culture Can’t, 8/3/04, by Eug�ne Godfried

Alto Songo -  Son in popular culture and history: resistance and liberation, by Eug�ne Godfried, 7/04

Jos� Mart� y el Racismo: Su Visita a Curazao, by Eug�ne Godfried, 7/04. English version at Jos� Mart� and Racism: His Visit to Cura�ao.

Maroons and Palenques in Guantanamo Province - Eug�ne Godfried interviews Diego Bosch Ferrer, historian and Director of Cultural Patrimony, Guant�namo Province, 7/04

The Missing Cuban Musicians, a 34 page report on Bush's Cuban music ban, by Ned Sublette and immigration attorney Bill Martinez, Cuba Research & Analysis Group, 6/24/04

Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo, 6/04: Ned Sublette's powerful new book on the history of Cuban music to 1952, now published.

Images of the Caribbean in Havana premiers a new film directed by Gloria Rolando, "Nosotros y el Jazz" - Havana youths in the 40's make friends around US jazz culture, 2/12/04

Bata y Bembe de Matanzas I: La presentaci�n de un Iyawo de Chango: new CD from 6/8 Media.

Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Cuba by Eug�ne Godfried, 6/04

Teresa de la Caridad Doval Page and her books, "A Girl Like Che" and Las Posesas de la Havana, 9/04



Our News page has Cuba NewsCuban Cultural News, Cuba Travel News, and  Cuba: Race & Identity in the News --  updated  with articles from Cuban and foreign media. We also track news from Venezuela, Colombia, and the unfolding tragedy in Haiti.

All Saints Episcopal Church, Guantanamo, seeking help, 11/25/04

Yoruba bata group Ayan Agalu plays in Philadelphia and at Vassar, NY, 10/04

Ned Sublette: March-June 2004: in NY and on Afropop: Cuban Music

Kiba Kreyol '04 International Festival, Havana, 7/04: Haiti in Cuba

XXIV Caribbean Festival, Feast of Fire, Santiago de Cuba, 7/04. Dedicated to Haiti. See also Haiti in Cuba and Preminencia de Hait� en Festival del Caribe en Cuba

Images of the Caribbean in Havana premiers a new film directed by Gloria Rolando, "Nosotros y el Jazz" - Havana youths in the 40's make friends around US jazz culture, 2/12/04

Jesus "Chucho" Garcia, of the Red AfroVenezuelana, to tour the US in April 04

FolkCuba 7/04 - Classes with the internationally acclaimed Conjunto Foklorico Nacional de Cuba in Havana

III Conference The Nation and Emigration, May 21-23, 2004. El Exilio gathers in Cuba.

La Prensa Guantanamera y la Masacre de 1912 en Cuba de Eugene Godfried, 1/04: investigacion original de los archivos del Voz del Pueblo, periodico de Guant�namo, con articulos de la epoca.

Interview with Harry Belafonte on Cuba, 10/25/03 by Sandra Levinson 

Artist Elio Rodriguez invites you to an open studio at the Bienal and through December '03 in Havana.

Administrative Prosecutions of Cuba Travelers To Start, 10/29/03

Cuba’s Musical Heritage: The Performing Arts in Cuba, Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, 11/22/03 - 11/29/03

La Santer�a en el �mbito social cubano
. Awo �r�nm�l� �g�nd� �w�r�. V�ctor Betancourt Omol�faor� y Yesenia Selier Crespo, Ifa Iranlowo, la Habana, 10/5/03 

Festival Percuba 2004: 4/20/04 - 4/24/04, Cuban Percussionists' Society

Havana, Elpidio Cardenas, widely regarded as the babalawo who initiated the most Ifa initiates in Cuba, died at 93 years of age, 9/15/03. 

Bata y Bembe de Matanzas I: La presentaci�n de un Iyawo de Chango: new CD from 6/8 Media.

No Cuban, No Problem: The Latin Grammys were 100% Cuba-free thanks to the man in the Oval Office, Miami New Times, 9/11/03 - Los Mu�equitos and Van Van directors banned by Bush directly as he panders to the Miami Mafia.

Los Mu�equitos' Ricardo Can� obituary - obituario, 6/10/03

Poet and journalist Pedro P�rez-Sarduy visited US 3/03 with a multimedia presentation  on AfroCuban themes, including "For Fidel Castro, race matters and is not divisive."

[Jodido by Roberto Diago]

Painting "Jodido"  by Roberto Diago, in P�rez Sarduy's spring presentation


Conjunto Folkl�rico Nacional  plays every Saturday in Havana.  We have their  3 page spread in Cuba Internacional, 10/02. See also a report on their presentation at the Biennal de Dance, Lyon, France 9/02.

More Than Black: Afro-Cubans in Tampa by Susan Greenbaum: the story of Sociedad La Union Mart� - Maceo.

Folkloric troupe BaraRumba playing and teaching across Canada, 6/04 to 8/04, from Baracoa, Oriente

Pastors for Peace/IFCO - 15th Caravan to Cuba: 6/04-7/04. Updated 6/3/04. See links for route, cities across US and the crossing to Mexico.

Check out the conference page for several upcoming ones in the Caribbean, including the Afro-Latin / American Research Association's "Identity and the Afro-Latin / American World: Rethinking Nation, Ethnicity/Race, and Gender"


Images of the Caribbean in Havana premiers a new film directed by Gloria Rolando, "Nosotros y el Jazz" - Havana youths in the 40's make friends around US jazz culture, 2/12/04

Judith Bettelheim's CUBAN FESTIVALS: A Century of Afro-Cuban Culture now out, with translation of Ortiz's "The Afro-Cuban Festival Day of the Kings"

Assata Poster
Assata Shakur poster
with Askia Tour�'s poem "Palenque Queen by Habana's Shores" now available, as are some books by Askia.

AfroCubaWeb Home Page Archives: 1/03 - 6/03

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