Havana in Music

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by: Freddy Monasterio

Welcome to the musical section of H-Motiv, a space you gonna follow with eagerness if you're interested in the history surrounding one of the most melodic cities in the world: Havana. This special division of Havana Street View will bring you also the most recent   trends, tributes and news related to the artists that are leading the scene in the birthplace of Bola de Nieve, Ernesto Lecuona, Chano Pozo, Rita Montaner and many other essential names.

Havana and its magic neighbourhoods, streets and characters are represented in almost every word or harmony that has emerged from the city. A significant part of the world, and of course the rest of the Cuban provinces, constantly sing for her paying tribute to this dynamic creative space. Malecón, Prado, Industriales, Cerro, Marianao, El Caballero de París, La Tropical, La Piragua, El Morro ... seem to be an endless source of inspiration. While all kind of artists approach them from a different perspective they all have something in common: they love Havana (or they hate it so hard that this feeling eventually will turn into one of those mysterious cases of compulsive love).       

Havana is the most vibrant venue in Cuba. A considerable amount of international artists, critics and fans have also chosen the city as their favourite musical place in the world. The relationship is easy when you have the chance of living surrounded by professional and amateur musicians and talking in the streets with one of the most sensitive and highbrowed audiences worldwide. All kinds of genres, roots and mixtures coexist in a Latin-Afro-urban symphony. Rap gigs in Alamar, religious celebrations in Regla or Guanabacoa, guardians of danzón, bolero or habanera all over the city, timba and son consumers and creators, and most recently wave of fusion and reguetón (or cubatón). Sometimes is really hard to decide among all these offerings. Most of the times people choose to go diverse and enjoy this living cultural heritage with the always likely probability of witnessing the birth of a new star.

If you become a follower of H-Motiv you'll have the chance to update your ear through the live streams of Radio Malecón, a radio show broadcasted from Queen's University campus. The show has been on air since September, 2012 when CFRC 101.9 FM, the oldest campus station in the world and Kingston's (Canada) community communications resource, decided to include a Cuban-Latin show in its program. CFRC 101.9 FM first broadcasted back in 1922, the same year that the first Cuban station (2LC) was born. The 2LC station was founded by the mambí musician Luis Casas Romero at the centric location of Ánimas 99 (current 457) and from there this outstanding man and Luis Casas Rodríguez Jr. placed for the first time a sign broadcasted from Cuba up to the ethereal airwaves. 2LC religiously went on air with a signal played on a toy horn at the moment when Havana’s nine o’clock canon fired. If you visit the place nowadays you´ll find a commemorative plaque that reads: "The 2LC station began to broadcast at this locale of 457 Animas, founded in 1922 by pioneers of Cuban broadcasting Luis Casas Romero y Luis Casas Rodríguez Jr". Since then, Havana became the heart from where cultural ideas and lifestyles made it to every Cuban home via airwaves.

H-Motiv's will feature then, 3 main subdivisions within the music world surrounding Havana. You'll enjoy an audiovisual playlist of tracks, clips and videos on people, places and facts related to Havana (Havana plays). There will be a critic segment (Habáname) as well, where you'll find articles and short essays relating the musical history and contemporary experiences around the city. In addition, you'll be directly tuned in Radio Malecón's wave of music and news, in an intimate-live experience of international broadcast conceived from the energy and talent of this lively city.

Everyone knows that it's impossible to think a Cuba without her music. The musical section of H-Motiv will pay tribute to this affair, coming back and forth from the golden age to the most contemporary revelations.  

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