The XXII National Congress of Troubadours (Encuentro Nacional de Trovadores “Longina canta a Corona”) based in the city of Santa Clara in Villa Clara, Cuba, will take place from January 9 to 14, 2018. This annual edition of the festival will be dedicated to Villa Clara singer Teresita Fernández and the Habanera, a musical genre originated in Cuba in the first half of the nineteenth century. The Longina congress brings together “novísima trova” singers and songwriters to meet the audience for concerts, improvisations, and other improvisations.
Trovador Alain Garrido (in “Memorias del Longina,” an article published in the cultural magazine Guamo) recalls, “With the advent of the nineties, the “auteur” song was completely devoid of spaces in which to promote and exhibit this musical event throughout the country (…) In 1996, in the context of the regional leadership of the Hermanos Saíz Association (AHS ) of Villa Clara, headed by the then president and writer Alpidio Alonso—with Eliot Porta at the head of the music section—the idea came up to create the National Troubadour Congress “Longina canta a Corona.”
Longina 2018—which, this time, in addition to the usual venues Santa Clara and Caibarién, adds the municipalities of Quemado de Güines and Remedios—will keep the usual pilgrimage to the tomb of Manuel Corona, author of the song “Longina,” which later inspired the name of the festival. [Manuel Corona is shown above.]
[Translated by Ivette Romero.] For full articles (in Spanish) see http://www.cmhw.cu/cultura/11096-a-punto-de-comenzar-el-longina-2018-video and http://www.cmhw.cu/cultura/11156-longina-2018-vuelven-las-guitarras-al-hombro-video