Angolan Revolution: Cuban & MPLA brotherhood

A video I created to praise the MPLA and Cuban fighters of the Angolan revolution. Credit is due to ColdWarWarriors for the footage I used from his uploaded documentary “CIA & Angolan Revolution,” and credit to 22jan51 for the MPLA song and video clips.

Ibrahim Ferrer’s solo debut, produced in Havana by Ry Cooder, features an extraordinary stylistic range of music, from nostalgic 1950’s big band, to stunning ballads, to the rich, country-style son that made the first Buena Vista Social Club album a hit around the world, and won a new audience for traditional Cuban music.

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World Circuit Records have established their reputation by producing some of the finest world music albums of the past two decades, specialising in music from Cuba and West Africa. The label is best known for the GRAMMY winning Buena Vista Social Club album, which is the biggest selling world music album of all time, and led to the phenomenal rise in popularity of Cuban music. 10 years after their historic concert in New York, World Circuit release Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall.

World Circuit’s African artists enjoy equal prestige, including Grammy winning albums from Ali Farka Touré and kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté, Mali’s ‘star of stars’ Oumou Sangare, afrobeat legend Tony Allen, and the great Orchestra Baobab.



The documentary records the contemporary image of the island, walking a fine line between its history (the dream of every lover of freedom and revolution), and its harsh and contradictory present-day reality.

Cuba, facing its new “historic wager”: the moment when the revolution, for many, has begun to fade and the country is turning towards a free market, striving to survive economically. With the question “after Fidel, what?” hanging in the air and the economic inequalities being now obvious. With the merciless embargo imposed by the United States on the one hand, and the fall of the “Eastern Block” on the other, creating insuperable problems. With a state which, in spite of the difficulties, manages to maintain one of the world’s best public health and education systems.

The successes of the revolution and the aggressiveness of the USA as well as the opposition and the new economic class of wealthy Cubans have produced a documentary that is anything but “touristy”.

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Recycle Reuse Revolution. A Surf Story, Havana,

In 2008/2009 CIA backed anti-Cuban government groups used surfboards to smuggle satellite equipment into Cuba in an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government. After 50 years of endless terrorism against Cuba and its people, surfboards are now listed as a national security threat because of these actions. Two years later, Royal 70, a non-profit Cuban collective used surfboards to bring smiles to Cuba’s surfers and kids.
Our project in theory was simple. We were travelling to Cuba with 18 brand new surfboards in tow with the help of Pan American Surf Association. We would cycle from Havana to Baracoa, taking kids surfing and giving away the boards along the journey, as well as documenting Cuba’s much needed support for their surfers.
Three days into our trip we were robbed. Now trapped in Havana due to a lack of funds we took some time to document another one of our goals: Cuba’s environmental and coastal concerns. We retrained our focus on setting up a program to educate the island’s kids on this issue with the help of Joel Harper’s book All The Way To The Ocean.

Including music by The Cuban Cowboys, Burning Spear and Joel Harper plus more.
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BanRara is one of the foremost dance troupes in Havana, directed by Isaias Rojas. This video by Boogalu Productions was made to document choreography of the groups’ large dance repertoire.
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Latest preps for 50th anniversary of Cuban revolution

Santiago – 23 July 2003
1. Wide shot exterior of Moncada Barracks
2. Gardener watering plants
3. Carpenter working
4. Painter working
5. Construction crew
6. Plants being removed from truck
7. Moncada barracks and work crews
8. Wide exterior of Moncada
9. Medium of gardeners
10. Worker carrying wood
11. Pan right Moncada and workers
12. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Vox Pop, Moncada worker:
“We are working with a lot of sacrifice. All the comrades are sharing in this activity.”
13. Tilt down of Moncada
14. Close up of worker hammering
15. Close up of “26 July” sign
16. Medium shot of flags

Havana – 24 July 2003
17. Preparations for festivity
18. Wide crowd dancing
19. Wide shot of musicians coming on stage
20. Close up of drummer setting up
21. Medium shot of child and old man on balcony
22. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Ernesto Cabrera, Artistic Director City of Havana:
“You can go from here to the Orient, to Santiago where they are celebrating carnival now. The flavour of the people, their warmth, you can feel it all over the island.”
23. Wide cutaway crowded street
24. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Moises Gonzalez, Band member “Crazy Man”:
“The 26 of July is a day of cultural activity across Cuba. We have to do it with love, with desire, with willingness…and go forward.”
25. Pan right of people dancing in street


Cubans around the island are preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Communist revolution on Saturday.

Saturday marks the day Fidel Castro and some 100 rebels first attempted to overthrow Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship back in 1953.

Castro’s plan was to overpower the Moncada Barracks in Santiago. Moncada was at the time Cuba’s second largest fort.

The attack on the barracks lacked the element of surprise and ended with most of Castro’s men being killed or arrested.

Fifty years later, Moncada is now a school. Its bullet riddled walls serve as a reminder to future generations that the revolution began here on 26 July 1953.

The building has been painted, the gardens spruced up, and 10-thousand chairs have been placed across the lawn.

Castro is expected to address Cuba’s 11-million population from the stage set at Moncada.

Those who do not live in the immediate area still feel very much part of the festivities.

They will be watching the event in one of the over 1-million Chinese television sets distributed by the Cuban government across the years.

In Havana, stages are being set up around town where free concerts will be held to celebrate the anniversary.

In the streets spirits are high and for the most part, celebrations have already begun.

The Cuban government declared Friday the 25th a national holiday, giving Cubans an unexpected three-day weekend.

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Parte:2/8:HAVANA :IMAGES OF HAVANA IN THE 50S Barbarito Diez cantando el danzon “OLVIDO ” Y Celia Cruz cantando
“NOSTALGIA HABANERA”.Imagenes de peatones en el centro y Habana Vieja;trafico de automoviles;calles y avenidas,el Malecon,Quinta AV.edificios modernos…….. coloniales,
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U.S. President Barack Obama arrived on Sunday in Cuba, in a historic visit that could mark the beginning of a new era in U.S. relations with its neighbor after more than 50 years of Cold War-era animosity.
The plane touched down at 4:19 p.m. local time at Jose Marti International Airport, where Obama was greeted by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez as well as other Cuban and U.S. officials.
Obama descended the plane accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, while holding an umbrella overhead due to a light rain coming down in Havana.
Havana Vieja, or Old Havana, the capital’s historic district, will be the first place Obama visited on Sunday on a walking tour of key sites, such as Havana’s Cathedral, Plaza Vieja and San Francisco Square, as well as the Museum of the City.
He will be accompanied by his wife and two daughters during the tour, which highlights the history, cultural significance, and beauty of the city, which is declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1982.
On Monday, Obama will lay a wreath at a memorial to Cuba’s national hero Jose Marti at Revolution Square before meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro.
The U.S. head of state will be welcomed by Castro at an official ceremony, before the two leaders hold a closed-door meeting, after which they are expected to hold a joint press conference.
Also on Monday, Obama will meet with Cuban and American entrepreneurs to hear about their experiences and explore opportunities to develop long-term relationships, despite the economic and trade embargo Washington continues to impose on Cuba.
Prior to his trip, the Cuban government ruled out the possibility of offering political concessions to Washington as a precondition to restoring full bilateral ties with the United States.
Havana stressed Washington’s economic and financial blockade of the island remains in force despite new measures announced last week by the White House to relax aspects of the embargo.
The visit which ends on Tuesday, the first by a U.S. president since 1928, marks the most important moment since Obama and Castro agreed in December 2014 to restore diplomatic ties and end half a century of hostility following Cuba’s revolution, which ousted a pro-American government in 1959.
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