Cuba

1:49pm

Thu September 27, 2012
World Cafe

Yasek Manzano: Jazz From Havana's Streets

Yasek Manzano.
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All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba, with the series Sense of Place.

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1:52pm

Thu September 20, 2012
World Cafe

Síntesis On World Cafe

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 6:25 am

WXPN

All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba, with the series Sense of Place.

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1:52pm

Thu September 20, 2012
World Cafe

Latin Roots: The Sound Of Africa In Cuba

The Afro-Cuban progressive rock group Síntesis.
Courtesy of the artist

In this installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Carlos Alfonso, one of the vocalists and principal songwriters of the Cuban progressive-rock band Síntesis, talks with host David Dye about the relationships connecting Cuban music, Yoruba music from Nigeria and Arara music out of Benin.

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2:19pm

Thu September 13, 2012
World Cafe

Eme Alfonso On World Cafe

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 8:57 am

Eme Alfonso.
WXPN

All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba with the series Sense of Place.

"I always try to find art in everything I do, because I believe in music as a way of life. For me it's like a game, to mix everything I learn with my roots."

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4:03am

Sat September 8, 2012
Latin America

Plan For Cuban Ballet School A Dance Of Art, Politics

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 7:39 pm

Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta has a bold plan to transform a long-abandoned, incompletely built ballet school in Havana into a global cultural and dance center. But some fear the plan is a step toward "privatization."
Nick Miroff for NPR

A radical proposal to restore one of Cuba's most important architectural landmarks is rekindling a 50-year-old controversy. At the center is ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, who left the island and went on to a lead role in London's Royal Ballet. Acosta wants to return to the island and restore an abandoned ballet school with help from one of the world's most famous architects.

But the proposal has opened old wounds from the school's past and stirred a debate about the future of Cuba's state-sponsored cultural model.

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