Although our magazine formally started in the middle of the year, we didn't want not to share with you the list of the most popular works that have been published on our site (and social networks) in 2018.
The human being is an animal of lists, but whoever weighs him. We fall in masses before everything that filters, catalogs, orders and hierarchizes knowledge, pleasure, life. Even if it is to deny it. It proves to us to find that the most popular work of our magazine was Cuban albums of the year 2017 (chosen by critics) -the list of 2018 is coming soon, je-; and it followed, of course, another list, in this case, the 10 songs that Silvio Rodríguez would have liked to compose , a great playlist that we gave ourselves the pleasure of sharing exclusively with our readers.
The cover work of our no. 1 PDF took third place, something that made us very happy as we joined the divulgation of one of the least known facts of our history when we published La bayamesa (aka The Anthem of Bayamo, aka The National Anthem of Cuba). A co-authorship to recognize. It's about time that Isabel Vázquez shares something of Perucho's glory. Another buzzy work was We, the breachers, an article of rabid topicality that talks with the decree 349 of the Ministry of Culture, that leaves us wondering what the Cuban authorities wanted to solve with such a directive and if they did not see the twenty best and obvious ways to regulate and solve the problems to the supposedly aims this legislation.
That the hero of the Cuban alternative scene in 2018 was Cimafunk it was known even in Los Lucas, where he has just won the Most Popular Video Award with the video clip Me Voy. That's why it's not strange that the interview we did him in September -in which he tells us precisely "I do not want my music to be an alternative"-and the review What we liked and what not of Cimafunk in La Tropical have found their place in this list of the most popular of the year.
With her usual investigative expertise, Rosa Marquetti left us a meticulous tour of The prehistory of the Cuban video clip, a material that specialists will have to return to trace the roots of national production. With the dialogue between the drummers Yissy García and Horacio "El Negro" Hernández, where he declares that "The battery is a children's game", we started MxM, a section that we hope has come to stay and that our audience seems to have enjoyed as much as we do.
From Canada, the Notes on the Cuban music scene in Toronto of Freddy Monasterio, a mapping of one of the most effervescent metropolises in cultural matters and in which Cuban musicians have left (and leave today) a mark. Hopefully we can continue showing photographs of Cuban scenes scattered around the world. Our list closes with a text that was published in the Facebook profile of Norge Espinosa, The queen is dead, long live the queen: 60 years of Madonna. Although it was not written initially for our magazine, it seemed to us one of the best readings that have been recently made to the career of the queen of pop.
Here is the complete list:
1- Cuban albums of the year 2017 (chosen by the critics)
2- 10 songs that Silvio Rodríguez would have liked to compose (playlist)
3- La Bayamesa (aka The Anthem of Bayamo, aka The National Anthem of Cuba). A co-authorship for recognizing
4- We, the contraventores
5- Cimafunk: "I do not want my music to be an alternative"
6- What we liked and what not of Cimafunk in La Tropical
7- The prehistory of the Cuban video clip
8- Horacio "el Negro" x Yissy García: "The battery is a children's game"
9- Notes on the Cuban music scene in Toronto
10- The queen is dead, long live the queen: 60 years of Madonna
Other articles that we recommend:
- To "guarachear" with the "reparto"
- A Cuban playlist for a more diverse time
- Our Downloads section (where you will find the two PDFs published so far)
Most shared articles on social networks:
- La bayamesa (aka The Anthem of Bayamo, aka The National Anthem of Cuba). A co-authorship to recognize
- We, the breachers
- Horacio "el Negro" by Yissy García: "The battery is a children's game"
- Cimafunk: "I do not want my music to be an alternative"
- Disassembling the night: "If they knock at the door, Ray opens"
- Ten (and so many) trova discs that you should listen to
- Playlist: The favorite Cuban humor songs of Eduardo del Llano
- Jazz Batá 2 from the Palau de la Música
- The prehistory of the Cuban video clip