PlazaCUBA - Music, Dance and Culture

PlazaCUBA - Music, Dance and Culture PlazaCUBA has 20 years experience with travel to Cuba. We offer Music and Dance workshops year around & Havana Jazz Festival tour in Dec. www.plazacuba.com

Since the year 2000, PlazaCUBA has been sharing the richness of Cuban culture with American travelers, offering a variety of legal trips to Cuba every year. Our Cuba tours and other projects directly support the Cuban people, including many musicians, dancers, and other artists. Over the years we have forged special and long lasting relationships with many of these artists and performers and have

Since the year 2000, PlazaCUBA has been sharing the richness of Cuban culture with American travelers, offering a variety of legal trips to Cuba every year. Our Cuba tours and other projects directly support the Cuban people, including many musicians, dancers, and other artists. Over the years we have forged special and long lasting relationships with many of these artists and performers and have

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Check out Havana D'Primera's new single, featuring Rubén Bulnes of Adonis y Osain del Monte!
10/11/2021
Havana D'Primera - Azowano (feat. Rubén Bulnes) | Official Video

Check out Havana D'Primera's new single, featuring Rubén Bulnes of Adonis y Osain del Monte!

AZOWANONuevo single de Havana D'Primera feat. Rubén BulnesEstreno el próximo lunes 4 de octubre XIV Aniversario de Havana D'Primera!!!--Follow Havana D'Prime...

How we miss these sunset views from the Copacabana! Looking forward to our trips in 2022. The second pool - the enclosed...
10/10/2021

How we miss these sunset views from the Copacabana! Looking forward to our trips in 2022. The second pool - the enclosed Ocean pool - is just beyond the wall.

#sunset #Havana #Copacabana

How we miss these sunset views from the Copacabana! Looking forward to our trips in 2022. The second pool - the enclosed Ocean pool - is just beyond the wall.

#sunset #Havana #Copacabana

10/07/2021

Posted @withregram • @carlosramirez009 Old school video of 80s Casino dancing that I enjoy a lot. The male dancer is Angel Santos, and it could be said that he was the one that popularized "rumba" styling in the dance of casino. Might not have been the first to do it, but certainly his popularity on the show "Para Bailar" helped a ton.

The orchestra playing is an early version of Orquesta Reve.

I've spliced the clip to make it fit in a reel, and decided to include a portion where the dancers perform the popular folkloric step Chachalokafun, one of the most utilized "Afrocuban" steps in salsa shows. This video serves as evidence that the kind of mixing of steps that happens today is nothing new and has been doing since more than 30 years ago.

#timba #casinocubano #soncubano #soneros #timberos #salsa #salsacubana #salseros #rumba #guaguanco #havana #dance #danceclasses #miamiaancers #cuba

10/05/2021

Beautiful Tiny Desk concert from Havana with Eme Alfonso - check the full video at NPR Music youtube.



Posted @withregram • Eme Alfonso

Mi Tiny Desk Home ya está listo!!!! Es un súper honor para mi, @tinydesk es una referencia de buena música, yo particularmente sigo y estudio, soy una fanática de estos conciertos. Gracias infinitas al equipo de NPR que trabaja duro por mostrar música increíble al mundo.
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Quiero dedicárselo a mis padres quienes también me acompañan en el vídeo y que cumplen 50 años de estar juntos. A ellos me debo y también son mi principal influencia en la música, no puedo desprenderme de mis raíces porque el amor por la cultura afrocubana llevo en el ADN gracias ellos.

Raíces Profundas performing for our group in #Habana Fuerte @emiliohernandezgonzalez ! Next dance trip April 30-May 7, 2...
10/03/2021

Raíces Profundas performing for our group in #Habana

Fuerte @emiliohernandezgonzalez !

Next dance trip April 30-May 7, 2022. www.Plazacuba.com

#DancetourtoCuba #danceincuba #afrocuban #shango #raicesprofundas #havana #plazacuba

Raíces Profundas performing for our group in #Habana

Fuerte @emiliohernandezgonzalez !

Next dance trip April 30-May 7, 2022. www.Plazacuba.com

#DancetourtoCuba #danceincuba #afrocuban #shango #raicesprofundas #havana #plazacuba

Experience total immersion in the music, dance and traditions of Cuba! Join our first Dance and Music Workshop in Cuba s...
09/26/2021

Experience total immersion in the music, dance and traditions of Cuba! Join our first Dance and Music Workshop in Cuba since the pandemic hit, April 30 - May 7, 2022!

• Salsa and Afro-Cuban Dance Classes Outdoors by the Sea
• Exclusive Events and Shows Nightly with our Cuban Team
• Experience our Famous PlazaCUBA Private Parties Firsthand

And so much more! Register early to save your space - www.plazacuba.com

Photo: Rick Swig

Experience total immersion in the music, dance and traditions of Cuba! Join our first Dance and Music Workshop in Cuba since the pandemic hit, April 30 - May 7, 2022!

• Salsa and Afro-Cuban Dance Classes Outdoors by the Sea
• Exclusive Events and Shows Nightly with our Cuban Team
• Experience our Famous PlazaCUBA Private Parties Firsthand

And so much more! Register early to save your space - www.plazacuba.com

Photo: Rick Swig

Felicidades Pupy!
09/25/2021
Pupy es quien es

Felicidades Pupy!

Quien observe y, sobre todo, ponga oído a la trayectoria artística de César de las Mercedes Pedroso Fernández, convendrá que 75 años después de haber nacido en La Habana el 24 de septiembre de 1946 ha sido grande y bueno lo que ha aportado a la música cubana

Great photo from an Aljazeera article discussing Cuba's most famous musicians who spoke out in support of anti-governmen...
09/07/2021

Great photo from an Aljazeera article discussing Cuba's most famous musicians who spoke out in support of anti-government protests, something rarely done.

Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo

#soscuba #Cuba #musicos

Great photo from an Aljazeera article discussing Cuba's most famous musicians who spoke out in support of anti-government protests, something rarely done.

Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo

#soscuba #Cuba #musicos

We're looking forward to hosting a trip for Berkeley High School Jazz Program again in 2022! #BHS #BHSJ #BHSinCuba #Musi...
09/02/2021

We're looking forward to hosting a trip for Berkeley High School Jazz Program again in 2022!

#BHS #BHSJ #BHSinCuba #Musictour #Havana #Cuba #highschooltour #PlazaCUBA

We're looking forward to hosting a trip for Berkeley High School Jazz Program again in 2022!

#BHS #BHSJ #BHSinCuba #Musictour #Havana #Cuba #highschooltour #PlazaCUBA

En Paz Descansa 🕊Nuestras más sinceras condolencias a la familia. Ésa es un gran pérdida para el pueblo Cubano y el mund...
09/02/2021

En Paz Descansa 🕊

Nuestras más sinceras condolencias a la familia. Ésa es un gran pérdida para el pueblo Cubano y el mundo.

#AdalbertoAlvarez

En Paz Descansa 🕊

Nuestras más sinceras condolencias a la familia. Ésa es un gran pérdida para el pueblo Cubano y el mundo.

#AdalbertoAlvarez

Dancers at La ENA (La Escuela Nacional del Arte)#baile #Havana #Cuba #ENA
08/31/2021

Dancers at La ENA (La Escuela Nacional del Arte)

#baile #Havana #Cuba #ENA

Dancers at La ENA (La Escuela Nacional del Arte)

#baile #Havana #Cuba #ENA

A moment in #Cuba, captured by photographer, Adalberto Rogue.
08/27/2021

A moment in #Cuba, captured by photographer, Adalberto Rogue.

A moment in #Cuba, captured by photographer, Adalberto Rogue.

"PlazaCUBA made the trip work like clockwork... We were introduced to premier musicians prior to the opening of the Hava...
08/25/2021
Havana International Jazz Festival Tour Focuses On Cuban Music Scene

"PlazaCUBA made the trip work like clockwork... We were introduced to premier musicians prior to the opening of the Havana Jazz Festival which made everything so much more intimate... They were great at providing a flexible schedule so we were never wondering what to do... I highly recommend Plaza Cuba." -Beth Pride

Join us! Register now and join us to support the Cuban people in this important time – https://plazacuba.com/tours/havana-jazz-festival-tour/

Questions? Email us at [email protected]

Our Havana International Jazz Festival Tour takes you into Cuba’s music scene with an all-access pass to the festival & entrance to exclusive engagements.

New album by Adonis y Osain del Monte
08/16/2021
Sin Comentarios

New album by Adonis y Osain del Monte

Adonis y Osain del Monte · Album · 2021 · 11 songs.

Havana's Forgotten Ones - Havana Times
08/16/2021
Havana's Forgotten Ones - Havana Times

Havana's Forgotten Ones - Havana Times

We know that beauty is the beginning of the terrible. This is the trance that some of Yoanny Aldaya’s photos put us in.

Join us on  our HAVANA JAZZ FESTIVAL TOUR, Jan. 17 - 24, 2022!"I cannot recommend this tour group highly enough. They ha...
08/11/2021
Havana International Jazz Festival Tour Focuses On Cuban Music Scene

Join us on our HAVANA JAZZ FESTIVAL TOUR, Jan. 17 - 24, 2022!

"I cannot recommend this tour group highly enough. They have maintained long term relationships with musicians, dancers, schools, artists, and guides who add such richness far beyond the typical guided group experience. They know everyone in Havana! The clientele that they attract, particularly through friends referring friends, are so warm, bright, and wonderfully curious." - Chaia May

https://plazacuba.com/tours/havana-jazz-festival-tour/

Our Havana International Jazz Festival Tour takes you into Cuba’s music scene with an all-access pass to the festival & entrance to exclusive engagements.

Enjoy Cabanijazz Project in a FREE Concert at  Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Thursday, August 19, 12:30pm. https://ybgfe...
08/11/2021
Cabanijazz Project

Enjoy Cabanijazz Project in a FREE Concert at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Thursday, August 19, 12:30pm. https://ybgfestival.org/event/cabanijazz-project-2021/

Check out Yerba Buena Gardens Festival full calendar of concerts and events this month: https://ybgfestival.org/

This program is part of Yerba Buena Day on August 19 – a day full of music, art and poetry programs throughout the Yerba Buena neighborhood. All free and outdoors! More Yerba Buena Day Progra…

Celebrating the next round of Cuban medalists from the Olympics in Tokyo. Cuba has four GOLD medalists in boxing: Roniel...
08/11/2021

Celebrating the next round of Cuban medalists from the Olympics in Tokyo. Cuba has four GOLD medalists in boxing: Roniel Iglesias, Arlen López, Julio César La Cruz, and Andy Cruz. Fernando Jorge and Serguey Torres also won Gold for canoeing. Bronze medalists include Lázaro Álvarez in boxing, and Reineris Salas in wrestling. Felicidades!

Check out Yerba Buena Gardens Festival schedule, with free perfomances and classes through the end of the month, includi...
08/05/2021
Outdoor Salsa Workout w/ Rueda Con Ritmo

Check out Yerba Buena Gardens Festival schedule, with free perfomances and classes through the end of the month, including an Salsa Workouts on Tuesdays at 11am with Rueda Con Ritmo.

https://ybgfestival.org/event/rueda-con-ritmo/2021-08-10/

Salsa Workout with Sidney and Ryan of Rueda Con Ritmo is an hour-long dance class that includes a warm-up, body isolation exercises, a cardio dance workout, and a fun and easy choreography – …

Support Cuban Culture in the Bay Area and beyond by attending CubaCaribe's The Power of Resiliency upcoming events:BAY A...
08/03/2021
CubaCaribe The Power of Resiliency: Mouth of a Shark, work in progress

Support Cuban Culture in the Bay Area and beyond by attending CubaCaribe's The Power of Resiliency upcoming events:

BAY AREA - Sunday August 8 10am-7pm - Dance All Day!
All day Workshops with our local master teachers
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cubacaribe-the-power-of-resiliency-dance-all-day-tickets-162484526593

VIRTUAL EVENT - Saturday August 21 5pm PT - Mouth of a Shark: Alayo’s most recent work in progress
filmed with dancers in Santiago de Cuba, plus Q and A with choreographer Ramón Ramos Alayo.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cubacaribe-the-power-of-resiliency-mouth-of-a-shark-work-in-progress-tickets-162483826499

Mouth of a Shark: work in progress, showing of new work filmed in Santiago de Cuba Q and A with choreographer, Ramón Ramos Alayo.

A tribute to the Cuban Medal Winners in the Tokyo Olympics thus far. Mijaín López and Luis Orta both won GOLD in wrestli...
08/02/2021

A tribute to the Cuban Medal Winners in the Tokyo Olympics thus far. Mijaín López and Luis Orta both won GOLD in wrestling. Silver medalists include: Idalys Ortiz in Judo, Juan Miguel Echevarría in long jump, Leuris Pupo in shooting. Bronze medalists so far are Rafael Alba in Taekwondo, Maykel Masso in long jump, and Yaime Pérez in discus throw.

#Cuba #Olympics

Support the Cuban people on our Havana Jazz Festival Tour, January 17 - 24. Designed for lovers of all styles of Cuban m...
07/28/2021
Music in Cuba – Havana Jazz Festival – Tribute to Formell & Los Van Van feat. Brenda Navarette

Support the Cuban people on our Havana Jazz Festival Tour, January 17 - 24.

Designed for lovers of all styles of Cuban music, this tour takes you deep into Havana’s independent music scene. The program features a variety of Support for the Cuban People activities for individuals and musicians, and includes accommodations in gorgeous private houses, farm-to-table meals, and entrances to exclusive concerts.

REGISTER BY AUGUST 16 for $200 OFF!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN2xY7wNA3E

https://plazacuba.com/tours/havana-jazz-festival-tour/

As part of our MUSIC IN CUBA series, we take you to the 2020 Havana Jazz Festival for a star-studded tribute to Juan Formell, founder and director of Cuba’s ...

07/26/2021
Pupy y Los Que Son Son at La ENA

Sharing the vibrancy of Cuban culture - Pupy y Los Que Son Son playing at La ENA during one of our Berkely High School tours.

#Cuba #PupyyLosQueSonSon

Tropix Media is preserving and digitizing the audiovisual and documentary heritage of Cuba.Here's a rare clip of Celeste...
07/22/2021
Celeste Mendoza is a Cuban legend. Considered the Queen of Guaguancos, her voice dominated street rumba music, in a genre that is considered mens territory. Here is a rare 1950’s clip of a performance she held in the ballroom of the Hotel Nacional. She begins with a survival song post heartbreak. In a somewhat Cuban version of “I Will Survive”, Celeste sings “I Will Continue” with all the confidence and strength of an independent woman taking her power back. The second song is a pure Guaguancó about a woman of the streets, while the third and final track is about letting loose for the wildest party in town -- a Fiesta Brava. “Everyone knows how it starts, but not how it ends”

Track List:
1. Seguiré sin Soñar
2. Zoraida y Juan José (guaguancó)
3. Fiesta Brava

To learn more about the archival restoration project by Tropix Media, please visit
www.Tropixme.com

@jauretsi @ale_rchang @rosavega_99 @amaiasarah @hmg.coloredit @vionicel @david.friedman.1485

#cubacoronatv #sneakpeek #music #culture #cubanculture #guaguanco #rumba #videos #celestemendoza #havana #cuba

Tropix Media is preserving and digitizing the audiovisual and documentary heritage of Cuba.
Here's a rare clip of Celeste Mendoza, considered the Queen of Guaguanco, performing in the 1950's in the ballroom of the Hotel Nacional.
Track List:
1. Seguiré sin Soñar
2. Zoraida y Juan José (guaguancó)
3. Fiesta Brava
To learn more about the archival restoration project by Tropix Media, please visit www.Tropixme.com

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAvl5iOApy1/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet&fbclid=IwAR3mnK0lRO1L402DFwUBr_lQ-F_oK0oR4JKpMwyO7eaYaNi8TU7WutTRpLw

"One of the campaign's demands was for the government to lift customs restrictions on food, medicine and hygiene product...
07/17/2021
Cuba lifts food, medicine customs restrictions after protests

"One of the campaign's demands was for the government to lift customs restrictions on food, medicine and hygiene products that are lacking in the country amid its worst economic crisis since the fall of former ally the Soviet Union.

And Prime Minister Manuel Marrero said on Wednesday the government would do precisely that from next Monday, lifting restrictions until the year-end."

Cuba announced on Wednesday it was temporarily lifting restrictions on the amount of food and medicine travelers could bring into the country in an apparent small concession to demands by protesters who took to the street last weekend.

Here at PlazaCUBA, we’ve been deeply moved by the images and videos coming out of Cuba. In the wake of skyrocketing new ...
07/14/2021

Here at PlazaCUBA, we’ve been deeply moved by the images and videos coming out of Cuba. In the wake of skyrocketing new Covid cases and deaths, food shortages, electricity blackouts, and a slow vaccine rollout, thousands of Cubans took to the streets on Sunday in an unprecedented show of discontent. This uprising of Cuban voices needs to be heard. We support the people in their quest for freedom to create their own future.

What can you do?

First, for those of us in the U.S. who enjoy Cuban music and culture, we can educate ourselves about what’s happening there, and keep these stories in the forefront by reading and posting important information.

Donate to Cuba through our campaign. PlazaCUBA has been sending money and supplies to Cuba since the pandemic hit. 100% of the funds go directly to Cuban families.
https://plazacuba.com/support-our-team-in-cuba/
https://venmo.com/Alisa-Froman

Donate to Global Health Partners to get much-needed syringes to Cuba. https://ghpartners.org/syringes4cuba/

Consider writing to your Congressperson or speaking out in other ways against the inhumane economic embargo on Cuba.

At this time PlazaCUBA and many of our partners and affiliates are calling on the U.S. to: lift all restrictions on sending remittances to Cuba; resume flights from the U.S., not only to Havana but to all major Cuban cities; reopen a fully staffed U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Havana instead of the skeletal staff that exists now; restart the program of family reunification that Trump suspended in 2017; grant U.S. citizens the right to travel freely to Cuba; create robust economic relations as well as scientific and cultural exchanges.

Despite candidate Biden’s campaign promises to revert to Obama’s policies, the Biden administration insists that its Cuba policy is still “under review.” In practice, it has continued the brutal Trump agenda.

Of course, we don’t blame the U.S. for all of Cuba’s problems. But our economic embargo creates tangible policies that cut off money, food and fuel from reaching people in their homes on the island. We know we’re likely to hear from people who believe these sanctions are necessary to starve out the Cuban government. But 60 years of the U.S. embargo has entirely failed to accomplish this goal and has only served to create more adversity for the Cuban people. It’s past time for the Biden administration to re-examine its cynical, electoral calculations in continuing Trump’s restrictions on Cuba.

#SOSCuba
#PatriayVida
#EndtheEmbargo
#EliminaElBloqueo

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/13/americas/cuba-protests-analysis-intl-hnk/index.html?utm_source=twCNN&utm_term=link&utm_content=2021-07-13T22:16:13&utm_medium=social

https://www.artforum.com/news/artist-led-movement-gains-ground-as-protests-rock-cuba-86214?fbclid=IwAR159twwrWSZR-MpIfEfcFHl0vCUO0McGpEDctOwP-3l2CvnO2C-BvJkVCc

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article252713788.html

Here at PlazaCUBA, we’ve been deeply moved by the images and videos coming out of Cuba. In the wake of skyrocketing new Covid cases and deaths, food shortages, electricity blackouts, and a slow vaccine rollout, thousands of Cubans took to the streets on Sunday in an unprecedented show of discontent. This uprising of Cuban voices needs to be heard. We support the people in their quest for freedom to create their own future.

What can you do?

First, for those of us in the U.S. who enjoy Cuban music and culture, we can educate ourselves about what’s happening there, and keep these stories in the forefront by reading and posting important information.

Donate to Cuba through our campaign. PlazaCUBA has been sending money and supplies to Cuba since the pandemic hit. 100% of the funds go directly to Cuban families.
https://plazacuba.com/support-our-team-in-cuba/
https://venmo.com/Alisa-Froman

Donate to Global Health Partners to get much-needed syringes to Cuba. https://ghpartners.org/syringes4cuba/

Consider writing to your Congressperson or speaking out in other ways against the inhumane economic embargo on Cuba.

At this time PlazaCUBA and many of our partners and affiliates are calling on the U.S. to: lift all restrictions on sending remittances to Cuba; resume flights from the U.S., not only to Havana but to all major Cuban cities; reopen a fully staffed U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Havana instead of the skeletal staff that exists now; restart the program of family reunification that Trump suspended in 2017; grant U.S. citizens the right to travel freely to Cuba; create robust economic relations as well as scientific and cultural exchanges.

Despite candidate Biden’s campaign promises to revert to Obama’s policies, the Biden administration insists that its Cuba policy is still “under review.” In practice, it has continued the brutal Trump agenda.

Of course, we don’t blame the U.S. for all of Cuba’s problems. But our economic embargo creates tangible policies that cut off money, food and fuel from reaching people in their homes on the island. We know we’re likely to hear from people who believe these sanctions are necessary to starve out the Cuban government. But 60 years of the U.S. embargo has entirely failed to accomplish this goal and has only served to create more adversity for the Cuban people. It’s past time for the Biden administration to re-examine its cynical, electoral calculations in continuing Trump’s restrictions on Cuba.

#SOSCuba
#PatriayVida
#EndtheEmbargo
#EliminaElBloqueo

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/13/americas/cuba-protests-analysis-intl-hnk/index.html?utm_source=twCNN&utm_term=link&utm_content=2021-07-13T22:16:13&utm_medium=social

https://www.artforum.com/news/artist-led-movement-gains-ground-as-protests-rock-cuba-86214?fbclid=IwAR159twwrWSZR-MpIfEfcFHl0vCUO0McGpEDctOwP-3l2CvnO2C-BvJkVCc

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article252713788.html

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This Saturday: 𝐅 𝐑 𝐄 𝐒 𝐐 𝐔 𝐄 𝐂 𝐈 𝐓 𝐎 (7/10) at La Furia Chalaca 310 Broadway in Oakland. We’re celebrating 🎉🎂Pepe’s birthday🎂🎉 with a whole lot of timba and buckets of Heineken. Come through. 10pm - 2am. Pepe Timba
Muchos Gracias Alisa Bonita La Chica Salsa Labamba! Muy Bueno!
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Havana Jazz Festival 2019 memories
Don’t miss this rare opportunity! Tomorrow Sat June 15 at 3pm: Cuban Dance workshop downtown Santa Cruz, California featuring Jose “Cheo” Rojas and Royland Lobato Afro-Cuban: 3pm, all levels Salsa Cubana 4:30pm, experienced beginners and up https://www.facebook.com/events/2330518777220824/
Latin Fever Fridays - Havana Nights Edition - special guest DJs: Pepe Timba Dj & Ed Djmundo Martinez. We'll be playing TIMBA, SALSA AND BACHATA!! Special Guest Instructor: Royland Lobato Class starts at 9:15pm - 10pm. (free with admission) Party starts at 10pm until 2am! Cost: $15