Illustration: Mayo Bous.
Illustration: Mayo Bous.

Women in Cuban Music: Three Winning Comics (and a Bonus)

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07.08.2020 / Articles

Para quienes estaban ansiosxs ―como nosotrxs― de leer los cómics ganadores de nuestro concurso La mujer en la música cubana, les será grato encontrar historias diversas, no solo desde la estética de sus autores, sino también desde la propuesta narrativa misma. Rita Montaner, Celina González, Teresita Fernández y una joven pianista en los inicios de su carrera son las protagonistas de estas historietas que les mostramos con la colaboración del centro Vitrina de Valonia y la Consejería Cultural de la Embajada de España.

Los cómics ganadores son apenas una muestra de la riqueza de enfoques desde los que los participantes respondieron a nuestro reto de hablar sobre mujeres y música cubana. Si necesitábamos alguna confirmación de que es un camino que podemos explorar para contar historias, el trabajo de estos artistas ha sido una prueba más que suficiente. 

Rita Montaner, by Adrián del Pino

“I have been drawing since I can remember. I was always passionate about cartoons, video games and graphics in general, but what attracts me the most is telling stories with images. That's where my passion is born. I came to the comic, or better, I learned of its existence as a genre and creative possibility in Comic Art. There I discovered my love for this media and I met people without whom I would not be answering these questions today.     

“To do this story I had only one page, quite a challenge. So I remembered the song ´´El Manisero´´, performed by Rita Montaner, which is a classic of our music. Who has not ever sung it? “Peanut, Peanut the peanut is leaving!”. Telling a story in that space to honor an artist with such a prolific career and life did not lead me anywhere but to use a fragment of one of her most emblematic songs and narrate a simple love story ”.

Primer lugar por el cómic Rita Montaner. Autor: Adrián del Pino

“I think my passion for comics comes from my parents. They incorporated in me, since I was little, that the ritual of going to the Book Fair was sacred and there the possibility of acquiring comic books became much easier. I grew up with Padrón, Oliver, Lillo, Wilson and with a large collection of Zunzún and Pionero (there was no stall that could resist). But the road to the comic has been much longer and zigzag, it has much of the seasoning of both Cuban creators and greats of the world; the luck of sharing with true devourers of comics, knowing from within the work of illustrators and cartoonists and the pleasure of seeing the ninth art linked to a subject that I am as passionate about as heritage, have been a delight and a boost in this relationship .

“Creo que mi pasión por las historietas se debe a mis padres. Ellos incorporaron en mí, desde pequeña, que el ritual de ir a la Feria del Libro era sagrado y allí la posibilidad de adquirir libros de historietas se hizo mucho más fácil. Me crié con Padrón, Oliver, Lillo, Wilson y con una gran colección de Zunzún and Pionero (no había estanquillo que se resistiera). Pero el camino a la historieta ha sido mucho más largo y en zigzag, tiene mucho de la sazón tanto de creadores cubanos como de grandes del mundo; la suerte de compartir con verdaderos devoradores del cómic, conocer desde adentro el trabajo de ilustradores e historietistas y el placer de ver vinculado el noveno arte a un tema que me apasiona tanto como el patrimonio, han resultado todo un deleite y un impulso en esta relación.

“On the other hand, choosing among so many female leaders of Cuban music was very difficult. At that moment the choice comes to you through a much stronger, affective bond. I had been dancing Cuban popular dance since I was seven or eight years old and the punto guajiro was one of my favorite genres. Later at home I would see Palmas y Cañas, and there was that great lady, wearing a suit similar to mine, singing some very beautiful, catchy and very Cuban melodies. That music and the scenography smelled like the countryside to me, I liked to sing and my father was almost a henchman for all that jelengue. Celina González came to me when she was very young and her death was something that shocked me. I am the Cuban point is one of those songs that make me bristle, that give me plantain. This was a tribute that perhaps I owed him a long time ago but I didn't know it yet, to a Cuban woman who brought our traditional tunes to such diverse scenarios and to this rural musical heritage, of Cuba and of humanity ”.

Yo soy el punto cubano. Autora: Jennifer Ancizar.

 

From a small time I have consumed comics, but I decided to actively enter into creation thanks to the work done by the Vitrina de Wallonia. Teresita Fernández is one of the singer-songwriters who are part of the soundtrack of the life of every Cuban and who, in my opinion, deserves greater recognition in the media due to the quality of her work.

GabrielaI came to the comic through my friend and artist Remy. He told me about the contest and suggested that I participate with a text in tribute to the Cuban singer-songwriter Teresita Fernández, an icon in Cuban and Latin American children's music. We believed that it was just a tribute to the author who gave so much talent to those of us who were and are children on the Island.

Esta noche. Autores: Remy Hernández y Gabriela González.

Lucy García Montalvo, la gran pianista cubana, por Amelia Sautié Oquendo

“A mí me gusta dibujar, y estoy en la Escuela Experimental de las Artes Visuales José Antonio Díaz Peláez. En las vacaciones pasé un curso de historietas en la Fábrica de Arte Cubano, con la profesora Ana Roxana Díaz Olano. Después, pasé otro de historietas en Espacios +Adolescentes, impartido por varios profesores. También tengo muchas amigas que compartimos los mismos intereses. Ahora dibujo historietas y personajes hasta llevarlos a CorelDraw o Photoshop. Mi papá me está enseñando.

About my character I can tell that my mother likes science fiction a lot and since I have a cousin who is studying piano, it occurred to me that Cuban women could take their music throughout the universe. "

Lucy García Montalvo, la gran pianista cubana. Autora: Amelia Sautié Oquendo
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