Danny Rivera Performs in Cuba This Week

Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera is in Cuba for multiple events. He brings to Cuba a concert titled “De un pájaro las dos alas” [Two Wings of a Single Bird] a well known verse from a poem by Puerto Rican poet and patriot Lola Rodríguez de Tió (who wrote the 1868 revolutionary version of the national anthem “La Boriqueña”), which refers to the islands’ shared history and kinship. This concert is a tribute to the legendary revolutionary and woman of letters Rodríguez de Tió, who fought for women’s rights and against slavery and Spanish rule. “De un pájaro las dos alas” will also be the title of a forthcoming recording project in which 15 of Rodríguez de Tió’s poems will be set to music by Cuban duo Darias (Mario Darias Mérida and Ana Irma Ruz).

During his stay, Rivera will be performing at various venues for the Boleros de Oro Festival. He also performed yesterday in the city of Santa Clara, which is celebrating its 321-year anniversary and the upcoming 26th of July celebration. [26 de Julio is the movement that overthrew the government of Fulgencio Batista in 1959]. He also celebrates the deep friendship of Rodríguez de Tió, who spent part of her life in Cuba and died in Havana, with benefactress Marta Abreu de Estévez (known for her many contributions to the city in the 19th century, such as La Caridad Theater, where the poet recited on numerous occasions). He considers this friendship emblematic of the ties between Cuba and Puerto Rico.

For full articles, see http://www.escambray.cu/Eng/culture/music100527951 and (in Spanish) http://www.juventudrebelde.cu/cuba/2010-06-22/danny-rivera-ofrecera-este-miercoles-concierto-en-villa-clara/

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