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Bartolomé Maximiliano Moré (24 August 1919 – 19 February 1963), known as Benny Moré, was a Cuban singer, bandleader and songwriter. With his fluid tenor voice he triumphantly won the title of El Bárbaro del Ritmo, and El Sonero Mayor. With his grace, Moré eloquently merged musical genres such as the bolero, mambo, cha cha cha, son, guaracha, and son montuno. Benny was an engenious singer and composer, he is considered one of the most influential musician and popular singer Cuba has ever produced.
Roly More, MD “PhD” his prodigious grandson who lives in the USA pays tribute to his ancestry and Benny Moré’s Anniversary.
We will discuss the recent jon secada’s CD release paying tribute to Benny Moré.
Cuba: Facts and Myths
Victor Andres Triay, PhD., is a novelist and historian. The Miami Herald referred to him as “a significant researcher of Cuban exile history.” Born and raised in Miami to Cuban exile parents.
Victor’s first book, Fleeing Castro: Operation Pedro Pan and the Cuban Children’s Program, was published by the University Press of Florida in 1998. Fleeing Castro was the first book length historical work on the topic. Three years later he published, again with the University Press of Florida, Bay of Pigs: An Oral History of Brigade 2506, a historical account of the Bay of Pigs invasion told through the eyes of the exile invasion force. In 2005 he co-authored, with Teo Babun, The Cuban Revolution: Years of Promise, a photographic history of Fidel Castro’s war against Fulgencio Batista, Castro’s assumption of power, and his establishment of a Stalinist dictatorship in Cuba. Victor recently released his first major work of historical fiction, a series entitled The Unbroken Circle. Book I, The Struggle Begins, was released in July 2013. Book II, Freedom Betrayed, was released in January 2014. Book III, On Freedom’s Shores, will be released in mid-2014
Victor is a resident of Middletown, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife, Emilia, and three children, Victor Andres, Jr., Gabriela Elena, and Francisco Xavier.
Lorenzo Pablo Martinez
Between 1960 and 1962 more than 14,000 Cuban children escaped Fidel Castro’s communist regime as part of an airlift known as Operación Pedro Pan. LORENZO PABLO MARTÍNEZ was one of these children. In CUBA, ADIÓS: A Young Man’s Journey to Freedom, Martínez vividly recounts his participation in a program that bridged two different cultures and achieved great political significance over the years. At eighteen, he forfeits a music scholarship to Prague to accept an unknown future of exile in America without knowing the language, money to pursue an education, or family to help. Plagued by guilt around his sexual identity and having to care for a younger brother, Martínez forges ahead to become the composer of his future; later he opens the doors that enable his sisters and parents to join him after a harrowing sojourn in Mexico City. With the same determination, he attends college and pursues a music education, obtaining a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, then a doctorate from Columbia University. Even after his music compositions are published and performed on television and at international festivals, Martínez feels restless and spiritually unfulfilled. Until, that is, he is able to define the true music of his freedom. CUBA, ADIÓS is a poignant, thoughtful account of one boy’s survival and self-acceptance, written with unflinching honesty and a wry humor.
BIO: LUIS GONZALEZ
Luis González nació en La Habana, Cuba, donde pasó los primeros siete años de su vida. Su madre, viuda y con tres hijos, huyó del estado comunista con sus niños en remolque. La familia se mudo a Culver City, California, un municipio de Los Ángeles. Aunque lejos de su patria, Luis se dio cuenta que llevaba a Cuba en el alma, en su sangre cuando en el sexto grado, hizo un reporte sobre su país y ahí comenzó una relación amorosa con su patria que continúa hasta el dia de hoy. Desde la edad escolar primaria, Luis supo que llevaba la escritura en su sangre. “Siempre me ha gustado escribir, desde niño y supongo que siempre he sido autor independient. Cuando estaba en el tercer grado, después de sólo haber estado en este país un par de años, escribí dos cuentos. Uno se llama Las Zapatillas Mágicas, el otro, Los Delfines. Tomé hojas de papel que doblé y grapé, y no sólo escribí los cuentos, sino los ilustré e hice la portada y todo por ellos. Todavía tengo estos dos primeros libros míos, y ahora que miro hacia atrás me digo, “De verdad que siempre fui escritor, por lo menos en mi alma.” Hasta hoy esos dos libritos siguen siendo dos de mis posesiones más preciadas. Luis estudio y se graduó de UCLA con licenciatura en literatura inglés y una concentración en composición y literatura española. A Luis le inspira profundamente y es conmovido por la política, la religión y las artes, cuales forman hilos de la tela en su escribir.
Luz: una novela que amarra esos tres componentes pero al estilo cubano.
Música interpretada por:
Maria del Carmen Munne
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Co Hosting: Monica Rosales, Executive Director of DocMiami.org
Eloy Cepero is an avid music collector, historian, and TV and radio show host. His top rated “Grandes Leyendas Musicales” (Great Musical Legends) has aired nerly 200 shows on three different local tv stations. For the past 5 years, he has been hosting a radio show by the same name on WWFE, La Poderosa, Saturdays from 12 to 1 PM which, to date, has aired over 250 radio shows.
Since 2008, at the University of Miami Institute of Cuban and Cuban American Studies (ICCAS), Eloy heads a living history project, also named “Grandes Leyendas Musicales”, where once a month he interviews important figures of Cuban music before a live audience, about their lives, experiences and contribution to music. These interviews are preserved both at ICCAS and the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami for future use by anyone wanting to research the music, musicians and times.
His first published book, “Cuba 1902 – 1962, a Journey Through Postcards” was a best seller and was followed by “Cuba 1898 – 1915, a Journey Through Postcards”. His latest book “Tales of a Cuban Family from Bahia Honda to Iceland, Memories of a Pedro Pan,” has been well received and he recently collaborated with 30 other Cuban exiled writers, on “Cuba, an Epic Journey” depicting the rise of the Castro regime and the last 50 years of the Cuban exile in the U.S.
We’ll be discussing his latest work, “In Love With Bolero”
Gloria Maria Strassburger
Esta fascinante historia real, la cual lee como la version Castellana de la película “Lo que el viento se llevó” comienza su historia con el noviazgo de Rolando Fernández and Ninina Perea cuales se conocen y se enamoran en la Habana 1939. Gloria Maria Strassburger relata cómo su padre despues de vivir toda una vida con problemas psicológicos y haberse sometido a miriadas de tratamientos termino en un colapso mental.
Tambien nos relata como los problemas familiares y politicos arrancaron su infancia privilegiada fisica y emocionalmente. La apropiación de sus riquezas y propiedades por el régimen rebelde. Cómo fueron arrancadas las familias entre sí, como niños fueron separados de sus padres, obligados a someterse a adoctrinamiento Comunista en Rusia.
Strassburger escapó ese destino a través de la Operación Pedro Pan, uno de los mayores éxodos políticos de los niños de la historia. Temiendo por su futuro, sus padres la enviaron sola, fuera de Cuba en 1961. Nos habla del terror de ser separada de su familia y vivir en un país extranjero sin ellos.
Strassburger decribe la desintegración de su familia, como su padre en espiral en la esquizofrenia y el comunismo les obligó a exiliarse, dejando atrás a sus seres queridos, sus hogares y sus identidades para hacer frente a las dificultades de una nueva vida en los Estados Unidos. “Palmeras En La Nieve” es una historia de amor, sacrificio y la supervivencia de la familia. Es un homenaje de una vida perdida para siempre y la adopción de una vida nueva en América.
Gloria Maria Strassburger
Co Host: Fernan Hernandez, author of The Cubans: Our Legacy in the United States: A collective biography
In the author’s words:
Havana, 1939—The glamorous capital city of an alluring Caribbean island, the year that Rolando Fernández and Ninina Perea meet and fall in love. Strassburger begins her story with her parents’ courtship in the golden years of pre-Castro Cuba. Her memoir recounts how her father’s mental collapse and the communist revolution of 1959 uprooted her privileged childhood, both physically and emotionally.
While providing substantial background on Fidel Castro’s political revolt, Strassburger focuses on her family’s experiences: The appropriation of their wealth and properties by the rebel regime. How families were torn apart as children were taken from their parents, forced to undergo communist indoctrination in Russia. Strassburger narrowly escaped such a fate through Operation Peter Pan, one of the largest political exoduses of children in history. Fearing for her future, her parents sent her out of Cuba—alone—in 1961. She relates the terror of being separated from her family and living in a foreign country without them.
With affecting detail, Strassburger depicts her family’s disintegration as her father spiraled into schizophrenia and communism forced them into exile. They left behind their loved ones, their homes, and their identities to face the hardships of a new life in the United States. Palm Trees in the Snow is a family’s story of love, sacrifice, and survival. It is the author’s tribute to a way of life lost forever and the embracing of a new one in America.
Published by Cold River Studio
Music by SugarCane Rush
Luis Gonzalez grew up in Culver City, California after his widowed mother of three fled Communist Cuba in the late 1960’s. Though he quickly assimilated into his new country and culture, and though he had no trouble mastering his new language, Cuba never left him. Cuba was always with him: inside him, driving him, calling him. He realized this more than ever when, in the 6th grade, he did his country report on Cuba and thus began a love affair with his homeland that continues to this day. It was only natural that Cuba should play a part in his writing, and even from grammar school age, Luis Gonzalez knew that writing was in his blood.
“I always loved to write, even as a young child, I guess I’ve always been an indie author because when I was in the third grade, after only having been in this country a couple of years, I wrote two stories. One was called The Magic Slippers, the other “The Dolphins.” I took sheets of paper that I folded over and stapled and not only did I write the stories, but I illustrated them and made the cover and everything for them. I still have these two first books of mine and I look back on them now and wonder, wow, I really always was a writer. To this day those two items remain some of my most treasured possessions for they provide a glimpse into the passion that helped shape the person that I am, and if I’m anything, I’m passionate, and if I’m passionate about anything, it’s writing.”
As someone who is deeply moved and inspired by politics and religion and the arts, it was no wonder that he came up with the idea for his novel, Luz, a story that grapples with all three realms. These days Luis Gonzalez calls San Francisco home where he lives with his wife and two of four daughters.
Music on the show by Terio.