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Carlos Gardel’s nationality clarified
2012.10.01 - 15:01:32

After ten years looking for documentation and conducting interviews, a group of researchers found the birth certificate of singer Carlos Gardel and the mystery seemed to be over: “ el Zorzal criollo ” (the Creole thrush) is neither Argentinian nor Uruguayan, he is French. ... more >>
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A cannon that gives the time
2012.10.01 - 14:51:44

If you were born in Havana, imagine how many times you have heard the nine PM cannon shot, but if you were a visitor you must be surprised to hear its tremendous thunder. This story has been retold several times, but as the persistent cannon shot, here it goes again. ... more >>
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A musical burst
2012.09.25 - 14:33:52

The performance of the great Italian tenor Enrico Caruso in Havana caused a huge impact in that society at the time but the explosion went beyond the merely artistic awe he was capable of raising in the audiences. ... more >>
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Mazzantini, the Bull Fighter/matador
2012.08.01 - 00:00:43

In 1887, the Gaceta de la Habana/Havana Gazette on its Events section, announced “a special bull fight, at the Havana Plaza; organized by the firefighter’s commerce squad, the bullfight will be headed by the famous adroit Don Luis Mazzantini; it’ll begin at 3 o’clock, four magnificent bulls to combat.” ... more >>
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Break It, Liborio (the State) Will Pay
2012.07.21 - 10:04:17

Liborio will pay for that is an expression that many people in Cuba use when they see someone damaging public property. ... more >>
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Cuba in Short
2012.07.19 - 23:05:19

The cork palm is endemic of Cuba. It is considered a living fossil which dates back to prehistoric times. It can only be found in the westernmost province of Pinar del Rio, and there are about a thousand specimens left. ... more >>
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The Chastity of a Belt
2012.07.16 - 20:43:19

By one of those strange mind associations, being at the beach, watching women go by in their bikinis, made think of the time of the chastity belts. ... more >>
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The Oldest Orchestra in Cuba and in the Americas
2012.07.14 - 22:34:35

In 1882, in the eastern province of Holguin, Manuel Avilés Lozano founded a jazz band orchestra which he named La Bulla/The Fuss. A few months later, everyone called it the Hermanos Avilés/Aviles Brothers orchestra; and the name stuck. In fact, most of the orchestra members belonged to the Aviles family. ... more >>
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Cuba, the Most Sacred Human Right: Life
2012.07.13 - 22:00:13

In 2001, on my first trip abroad, to a Latin American country, I was shocked to see a little girl on the streets, around five years of age, begging for money to buy food. It was during the winter, and the little girl had no warm cloths either. ... more >>
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The Milk Bridge over El Yayabo River
2012.07.13 - 21:39:27

The oldest bridge in Cuba is the one over the Yayabo river, which is the largest tributary of the Zaza river. Both rivers seem to embrace the monumental and legendary city of Sancti Spiritus (Holy Spirit) in central Cuba –the only name of a Cuban municipality, capital city and province that is written in Latin. ... more >>
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The Freedom Cave
2012.07.12 - 23:31:16

The cave, also called the freedom cave, was used as a shelter by persecuted Indians, runaway slaves and the mambises –name given to the men and women who fought during the wars of independence from Spain in the late 1880s. ... more >>
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He Who Left Seville, Lost His Chair/The Absent Will Not Be the Heir
2012.07.12 - 23:26:04

The Spanish saying… El que fue a Sevilla perdió la silla, literally He who left Seville, lost his chair, has been equated to the English proverb The Absent Will Not Be the Heir. ... more >>
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