From The Rolling Stones To WiFi, Change is Coming to Cuba

From The Rolling Stones To WiFi, Change is Coming to Cuba
The British band was the music of cultural and political protest during the 1960s, while Fidel Castro was eliminating capitalism, nationalizing land and businesses, ending personal freedom and banning rock 'n roll. 50 years later, on that warm night at …
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Courtesy of Malick Sidibe and Jack Shainman Gallery
Mali's Culture Minister, Ndeye Ramatoulai Diallo, says Sidibe was a national treasure and an important part of their cultural heritage, whose loss the entire country is mourning. Nicknamed "L'Oeil de Bamako" … People loved to come to Sidibe's studio …
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In Miami, Cuban Culture, No Passport Required
And that culture is bountiful. Cuba brought us the cha-cha, the Cuban son and the mambo (all three musical forms as well as dance styles), literary figures like José Lezama Lima, Dulce María Loynaz and, more recently, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez and Leonardo …
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Photos: Why Everyone In Mali Wanted To Pose For The Late, Great Sidibe
People loved to come to Sidibe's studio to show off their treasures — from fashionable garb to a beautiful smile. Courtesy of Malick Sidibe and … Admirers praise Sidibe for showing a different face of Africa, recording a moment in Mali's history and …
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Cuban Artist Offers Nation’s First Free Public Wi-Fi

The Cuban government granted artist Kcho permission to open the island’s first free, public-access Internet hub at a cultural centre in Havana. Currently only about 5-25% of Cubans have any access to the Internet. Kcho will carry the cost of the bandwidth at an expense of approximately 0/month. We look at the story on the Lip News with Jose Marcelino Ortiz and Nik Zecevic.

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Penn alumni and friends were treated to an impromptu rap performance when we visited the Cuban Rap Agency. We learned all about the art form and its importance in Cuban culture.

Thanks to Steven Rovner, C’89, for sharing this video with us.
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