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Music for Cuba

The small island, which in 1959 was liberated from Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship by Fidel Castro and his men, is an example of survival in a world where market rules impose the capitalist model. On the 9th of March this year, a solidarity event will take place.


This is because that since 1960, the year in which the United States imposed a trade embargo, both economic and financial, the Cuban people have had to confront numerous difficulties, damages and quantifiable prejudices that have repercussions in their everyday life.

In spite of this, the Cuban revolution survived and has managed within the limitations that the economic block generates, to maintain the country afloat. It doesn’t fight alone as there are organisations worldwide that look for ways to help them.

One of these is Rock Around the Blockade (RATB) that has organised the “Benefit concert – Music for Cuba” which will take place on March 9th 2019.

It involves a benefit concert to raise money for a project which aims to buy musical instruments and replacement parts for the “Guillermo Tomás Bouffartigue” Conservatory in Havana.

The donation will be brought to Cuba in April by a solidarity brigade organised by RATB. This project follows on from a charitable fundraising campaign carried out by the Cuban pianist Eralys Fernández, with the aim to send a piano to Cuba.

The concert programme includes Fernández with solo piano pieces, by E.Lecuona, G.Gershin and C.Debussy : Sonata for the piano and the cello in no.2 sol minor Op.5, by L.Van Beethoven with Catherine Lee on the cello and Cettina Musumarra on the piano; and Beethoven Trio Op.11 in B flat major, with Daniella Caceres on piano, Maria Patino on violin and Lauren Hele on cello.

The event organised by Rock Around the Blockade counts on the support of  El Cuba Libre and Cubans in the United Kingdom.

Date and place: Saturday 9th of March at 6pm at St John’s in Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9PA. For more information contact email: and on Facebook:

(Translated by Carol M Byrne)

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