Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CUBA: Cuba Brings its Rhythm to New Orleans Jazz Festival

Washington, Apr 5.- Dozens of Cuban artists will make a distinctive note this year at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, recognized as one of the most important of its kind today in the world.
In addition to the usual presentation of renowned North American and foreign performers and bands, the event that will be held April 28-30 and May 4-7 will feature the space Cuba comes to Jazz Fest, with more than 100 traditional and contemporary musicians and dancers.

With Cuban rhythms such as the heartbeat, the event honors the city's deep historical connections with the island by hosting one of the largest celebrations of Caribbean culture in the United States, according to the page of the meeting.

According to the digital site, the distinctive sound of the Conga de Los Hoyos, of the city of Santiago de Cuba, will lead the crowds to dance around the Exhibition Center and the Cultural Exchange Pavilion, the hub of the Cuban presence. In this last space groups and singers of the Antillean nation such as the National Septet Ignacio Piñeiro, Telmary and Habana Sana, Group Caury, Daymé Arocena, Changüí Guantánamo, and Adonis and Osain del Monte will gather.

Also, the festival stages will occupy one of the most successful Cuban orchestras of all time, Los Van Van; the multi-awarded pianist and composer Jesús 'Chucho' Valdés; and the duo Gente de Zona.

Suggestions include the opportunity to exchange experiences with artisans and artists while they carry out their creative work and photographic and multimedia exhibitions that will offer additional information on contemporary and popular culture on the island.

For a complete Cuban experience the page recommends tostones con mojo (fried green plantains with garlic sauce) and other delicious dishes from that country, which will be served every day at the food stand located outside the Pavilion.

In the 2016 edition, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced that it would open its doors to the Cuban music, having it as a guest for the following year.

Since its creation in 1970, this event in the state of Louisiana has brought together renowned and talented figures from the American music scene and countries that share roots and traditions with the city.

Alongside the announced presentations, the 2017 proposals include Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, Usher, Anders Osborne, Patti LaBelle, Harry Connick Jr, The Steps, Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, Elle King, Irma Thomas, Kings of Leon and Earth, Wind & Fire, among many other artists. (PL)