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Cuban Politics
7:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Cuba To Ban Reggaeton In Public Places

Daddy Yankee, and other reggaeton musicians, will be banned from Cuba soon.
Credit S, Flickr

The Cuban government officially doesn't like reggaeton. As some of you know, reggaeton is that mix of Jamaican dancehall music and Spanish hip hop that you hear blasted through car speakers all over Miami and in almost any club you go to in the city.

I would say reggaeton is an acquired taste, but the Cuban government was some pretty serious feelings about this.

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Arts
8:30 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Remembering Jaco Pastorius, Part Two: Class In Session

Miami-based metal band Neolythyc, at Jaco Pastorius Park. From L to R: Angelo Gonzalez, Eric Ruiz, Mark Crespo, Jerry Caceres
Credit Gerald Baumann

Just two blocks west of Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, progressive metal band Neolythyc is rehearsing in a cramped, dark, converted garage.  The rehearsal space is just a stone's-throw from Holiday Park, the last known address of jazz legend Jaco Pastorius.

The four members of Neolythyc are all 17 years old, born nearly a decade after Pastorius's death in 1987.  But bass player Jerry Caceres refers to Jaco as "one of the old homies from down the block."

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Arts
8:15 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Remembering Jaco Pastorius, Part One: A Walk in the Park

One of two murals of Jaco Pastorius, overlooking Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park.
Credit C. DiMattei

Forty-five-year-old Tammy Goss is sitting on a park bench in a small patch of green wedged between Dixie Highway and the FEC railroad tracks. Staring down from the southeast wall of the corner community center is a huge blue-toned mural of a man's face, his fingers curled around an electric bass guitar.  She knows his name.

“Jaco Pastorius, I think,” says Goss.

But that's all she really knows about John Francis Pastorius III.

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Sounds of Basel
2:15 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

What Does Fania Records Have To Do With Art Basel Miami?

The musicians of Fania Records include Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades and Ismael Miranda.
Credit Fania Records

The legendary salsa label hosts a free music and art event at PAX in Little Havana during Art Basel Wednesday, Dec.5 through Saturday, Dec. 8.

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Live Music During Basel Week
12:08 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

UR1 Festival Is Postponed: So Where To See Live Music During Art Basel?

http://ur1festival.com/

UR1 Music & Arts Festival is following in line with the newest trend for South Florida music festivals.  

It goes like this: announce a huge show with a killer line up.  The people get hyped, and buy tickets.  Then, with the festival just a few days away, make a big announcement.

The show has been canceled.

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The Best Of Latin Music
12:07 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Digging Through The Latin Grammys: Nominees You Should Hear

Brazilian singer Mart'nália is nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 11:24 am

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Arts
6:30 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Vonnegut Takes Miami

Dan Wakefield discusses a new book of Kurt Vonnegut's letters at the Miami Book Fair International
Credit Jacket design: Lynn Buckley / Random House, Inc.

Kurt Vonnegut fans have a lot to look forward to over the next couple of weekends. First, a performance of a chamber music piece with a libretto by the iconoclastic author, and then a discussion of a new book of his letters at the Miami Book Fair International.

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Arts
3:07 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Bells Of Bok Tower: New Carillonneur Named At National Landmark

Steve Newborn/WUSF

The bell tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Fla., is a national historic landmark. The tower has one of the world's finest carillons-- an instrument made up of 60 bells.

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Arts
8:38 am
Fri October 12, 2012

How Miami's Classical Music Scene Has Changed In 40 Years

Luciano Magnanini has big plans for retirement: "I will continue playing with the opera, the Palm Beach Symphony, and just see a little bit of the world."
Alicia Zuckerman
  • WLRN's Alicia Zuckerman and musician Luciano Magnanini discuss classical music and his 40-year career in Miami.
  • Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas/Primavera Porteñas; recorded at Festival Miami, October 5, 2005.

The bassoonist Luciano Magnanini has been a fixture of South Florida's classical music scene for the past four decades. He has played around the world and performed under the conductors Leonard Bertstein and Zubin Mehta. In 1972, after arriving from Italy via Peru and Mexico, Magnanini began a 40-year teaching career at the University of Miami. He’s retiring in May, and this Sunday he performs a chamber concert celebrating his career.

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Under the Sun
5:54 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Interview: Radioboxer

Radioboxer
She's Blank Photography

Under the Sun likes to feature some of the local talent that provide the soundtracks to our stories of life in South Florida.  We worked with Radioboxer to use their songs, “Cat’s Meow,” and “While You Wait,” in an Under the Sun piece, “Loyalty Oath.” We also got to chat with Jota Dazza on everything from the band’s inception to how Miami influences thei

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Arts
12:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Music, Theater Now Parked at Delray Beach 'Arts Garage'

An evening at the Arts Garage.
Arts Garage

On any given weekend, you might walk by The Old School Square parking garage in Delray Beach and hear the sounds of jazz or blues or classical music wafting from the ground floor.

It’s an innovative venue known as the 'Arts Garage' and, yes, the rest of the building is actually devoted to cradling cars.

But the ground floor is where all the action is.

No vehicles there, no take-a-ticket machines, no yellow lines, no parking attendants to be seen, mostly live music in a 5500 square foot garage.

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This Miami Life
1:30 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Salsa Lessons

Salsa trumpeter and music teacher, Mario Ortiz, demonstrates salsa steps to his class at Hialeah Gardens Middle School.
Laura Isensee

Music teacher Mario Ortiz has been teaching classic salsa tunes to elementary and middle school students for 14 years.  Outside the classroom, Mario plays trumpet in a salsa group. He learned music from his father, who was also named Mario Ortiz.

The elder Ortiz was a well known salsa bandleader (for the Mario Ortiz All Star Band)  in Puerto Rico in the 1960s.  He died in 1999.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:52 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

A Journalist Turns His Mic On Haiti's Grievances

One of the aftereffects of the earthquake in Haiti is that local journalists have found new freedom. Many are now airing the kinds of political commentary and criticism that used to invite violence and censure– even death.

The shift comes across loud and clear on Haiti’s airwaves, where most people get their news.

Jennifer Maloney brings us the story of Haitian radio host and reporter Makenson Remy, known to listeners as “Four-by-Four” because of his rugged brand of go-anywhere reporting.

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Haiti Earthquake
2:34 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Hear The Hymn: Mwen Pap Sa Bliye

WLRN

This hymn is the one you hear under our piece, “Faith in the Aftermath.” The original segment explores how parishioners at Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church here in Miami leaned on their faith and on song after their country’s massive earthquake– to heal and to release their grief.

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