Erik Alejandro Rodriguez, who performs as Cimafunk, is a prominent figure in a rising generation of Cuban artists, and his fusions of Afro-Cuban musical traditions with funk, hip-hop, and African rhythms have a fresh and uplifting vibe. Rodriguez’s stage name comes from the Spanish word cimarrón, which translates to “wild” or “untamed” and in the […]
This week’s featured gig poster was designed for the HotHouse by graphic designer and photographer Shelley Hiam.
I had a chance to see Roberto Fonseca play at the 2015 Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco, in a duo collaboration with Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara. In his thrilling, visceral performance, the Havana-born musician, composer, and bandleader embodied the multifarious musicality of Cuba’s best jazz pianists. Blessed with access to the island’s […]
The harrowing stories of six asylum seekers who now call Chicago home
Lincolnwood’s erstwhile Taste of Cuba has relaunched in Irving Park.
Director Sándor Menéndez creates an adult fairy tale, complete with songs.
The Reader‘s weekly look at music stories we didn’t publish ourselves
Also, don’t expect to fly directly from Chicago to Havana any time soon.
Looking to blame someone or something for the failures of his reign, Mayor Rahm discovers “mental health crises” four years after he closed mental health clinics in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods.
A series of paintings look back on a brief affair in Cold War-era Cuba.
His young, current band Afro-Cuban Messengers celebrates the music he first made four decades ago.
Director Lisa Portes spearheaded the Carnaval of New Latina/o Work at DePaul happening July 23-25.
Will the Cuban slugger with no big-league experience be worth $68 million?
Ninety Miles play Symphony Center Friday without the Cuban half of their American-Cuban collaboration
Spending an hour or two with David Grann’s “The Yankee Comandante”