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Alvarado - a Cuban legend

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In front of the small, somewhat crooked wooden house, Alvarado is sitting in the shade of a palm tree with two musicians; they play the son „Tic Tac“ in honor of Antonio, who has just arrived. Alvarado calls his 80 year old friend Tic Tac, because you can hear his cane from afar: tic tac tic tac.

The other two musicians are friends who happened to be passing by. A former cop who plays the tres guitar. And a rum-loving neighbor who can make music on empty bottles. Antonio sits next to it contentedly, sometimes clapping along with the rhythm.

Alvarado almost always works like this - spontaneously and surrounded by the people of his hometown. His lyrics reflect events from his everyday life. Living in Pueblo Nuevo, a district of Mella in Eastern Cuba.

The big old sugar cane factory stands in the center of the settlement and towers above everything. It looks a bit like an old cathedral with two towers. “Antonio J. Mella” is written on the chimneys, the name of the co-founder of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Of course, Alvarado wrote a song about the Central, – that‘s what they call the sugar cane factory, and almost everyone makes their living by it. His song is always played at the opening and at the end of the Zafra, the sugar cane harvest, – at a small celebration on the premises of the Central. The song is praise for the workers, praise for the rhythmic sugar cane factory, without which Mella would not exist.

The German filmmaker Hans Böffgen got to know Alvarado when he was looking for local musicians to make music for his documentary “El melao de cana”. A documentary about life around the Central. His attention was brought to Alvarado. Böffgen uses his song about the Central in the film.

This was also the beginning of a friendship. Both are painters, and painting together deepened their friendship. Alvarado‘s wooden house, especially the shady place in front of it, became the common taller (workshop). Neighbors came by, sat down for portraits and a glass of rum, musicians came and left. Many children come here again and again to paint.

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Later they were invited to do a joint exhibition in the state gallery in Santiago de Cuba.

Everyone in town knows Alvarado. Especially since he also composed and wrote Mella‘s “Hymn”. “Soy de Mella compai”. Every child there knows it. And again and again, when Alvarado strolls through the streets with his guitar, people shout „Soy de Mella compai ...“

But you also know him in the neighboring towns, and even in Santiago de Cuba, 80 kilometers away. And every now and then the local radio station plays a song by him.

Once, when Alvarado and Böffgen were looking for oil paints in Santiago de Cuba, a man shouted from a car “Hey, Alvarado!” He stopped and they greeted each other warmly. It was the creator of the monumental Revolution Square in Santiago de Cuba and one of Cuba‘s most famous artists, the internationally known sculptor and painter Alberto Lescay. He asked the two of them to come into his studio. He raved about Alvarado‘s art, his music, his painting and his personality.

Every now and then, art collectors, mainly from the USA and Canada, come to Mella, which is an important place for “naive art” in Cuba. Alberto Lescay founded an artist group many years ago. They exhibited together. Alvarado has also sold some paintings but now he despises the „brand“ naive art. He believes many artists simply recreate this artform.

Alvarado does not call himself a naive artist. Sometimes, at exhibitions, when children say: I like the picture, then he gives it away. But when a prospective buyer makes an offer, he sticks to his price. In an art book published in France, Alvarado was presented as one of the most important Cuban “naive artists”. He has a tattered copy of this book from the 1980s. Unprinted parts of the page are covered with sketches for new pictures. Paper is scarce in Cuba.

Alvarado wrote „a few hundred“ songs. In histaller there are pieces of paper with lyrics and ideas for songs. This can be the about an argument with a friend, the memory of a past love, or a song of praise to a friend, like „Tic Tac“.

Alvarado is also the leader of a sextet, which are all brilliant musicians from Mella who perform at festivals all over the area. He‘s also an excellent entertainer, with an incredible stage presence.

Alvarado says he likes living in Mella. But sometimes he longs for the big wide world. Then he thinks of his time as a seaman in the Cuban fishing fleet. He knows the oceans, the ports in Africa, Asia, the USA. He drank rum in the docks in Gran Canaria, Panama and Luanda. He spent his life on ships for 12 years and his guitar was always with him. His mother had promised him the guitar when he became seriously ill as a teenager. Recovered, he immediately began to compose his first songs.

Alvarado‘s great love is his Trio son Alvarado, with the virtuoso Tres guitarist Jorge Luis Reyes de Bro, and his son, the bongo player Rubisley Alvarado Ramirez.

In 2018 the trio recorded their first CD in a studio in Santiago de Cuba: “Una mirada fraternal”. The producer is Hans Böffgen. At the same time, Böffgen and Alvarado made two films and several music videos.

In October 2019 Alvarado came to Germany for the first time, exhibited his pictures in a Frankfurt gallery, and made a small tour of Germany, small concerts and exhibitions. A second, larger tour with his entire trio was planned for 2020. Due to the Corona crisis, the appointments could not be kept.

Anyone interested in “Una mirada fraternal” hystory of origin - the one-hour film with the same title can be seen here:

Alvarado Film

(Text based on a template by Hans Böffgen; Photos Hans Böffgen)

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The Tango in Europe (Part 2)

Rafael Canaro

In this article about the third and fourth album of the miniseries “Con Saludos desde Europa” you get a little insight into the current events of the first decades of the past century, which strongly influenced the lives and formations of the tango musicians on these albums. Family connections within the tango scene and musical developments of individual musicians are mentioned, as well as the author‘s personal assessments of individual titles. The photo shows Rafael Canaro.

The third album presents recordings with Quentin Verdu, the unforgettable Alina De Silva and Auguste Jean Pesenti.

With his interpretation and the fresh arrangements of the Tango classics „Torrente“, „Malena“, „Sur“ (for me the best interpretation ever) and „Cancion desesperada“ Quintin Verdu is a pleasure to listen to and presents the skills of the French singers in an impressive way.

Unfortunately, tango lost its popularity quickly in Europe after the war and with the beginning of the 50s the musicians had to earn their living with other musical styles.

Regarding Alina De Silva: I think all of Argentina would have been willing to adopt her as an Argentinean. But this wonderful Tango singer is Peruvian and eventually died in her home country Lima. In 1925 she came to France together with her husband Alfonse de Silva and his orchestra. They lived there for about 15 years before they returned to their native country.

The European press was full of praise such as „The best stylist of the Argentinean Tango“ or „The most popular and beautiful Argentinean singer“ and as I think this judgement is well deserved.

There are as well exquisite interpretations of tango hits from the early 30s, which were often played in cabarets and nightclubs. Unfortunately, the singers are not clarified here and are not printed on the records.


The fourth album presents the Orchestras Bianco-Bachicha, Bachicha, Bianco, Horacio Pettorossi, Rafael Canaro and Brodman-Alfaro.

Juan Bautista Deambroggio (nicknamed Bachicha) was undoubtedly one of the pioneers of tango in Argentina. He played since 1911 with Roberto Firpo as the duo „Taka Taka“ in various cafés in Buenos Aires and when Roberto Firpo made debut with his orchestra in 1914, Bachicha was his bandeonist. He is playing on the first recording of „La Cumparsita“.

In 1923 he accompanied a theater troupe to Spain. Among the members were Emilia Garcia, his later partner and mother of his children, Mario Melfi and Horacio Pettorossi

After that Bachicha, Pettorossi and Melfi were invited to Paris by Eduardo Bianco and the the Bianco Bachicha Orchestra was founded. During the whole time in Spain, Bachicha taught Pettorossi and Melfi to play the bandoneon. Together they had great success in Europe in the 1920s and made recordings in different countries.

In 1924 Eduardo Bianco founded an orchestra together with Bachicha and opened the Cabaret Palermo in El Garron. Their recordings are mostly excerpts from the Cabaret Shows. The Tango humoristico is often found among his recordings. The aim was to entertain the audience with humor. Eduardo Bianco toured all over Europe and spread the Tango in Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Austria, Bulgaria and the Middle East.

Among the singers, Teresita Asprella, César Alberú and Juan Raggi are especially worth mentioning. 

Horacio Pettorossi also sang together in duet with Bianco. He started playing the guitar at the age of five and continued his studies after primary school. His journey to Europe led him as a guitarist in the orchestra Bianco-Bachicha and later with his own orchestra on a European tour through Romania, Greece and Italy. In Italy he also recorded several tangos in Italian with Teresita Asprella („Come una sigaretta“). Back in Paris he accompanied Carlos Gardel and also played at the recordings for his movies in France till they returned together to Argentina in 1932.

(The contribution is an adaptation of a text by Matthias Kroll. Despite careful research, we were unable to identify the photographer of the photo used for this article. We ask possible copyright holders to contact us directly, e.g. by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

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The Tango in Europe (Part 1)

Francisco Alongi

Well-known and less well-known tango orchestras from the late 20s to the late 40s are presented on a total of four albums entitled „Con Saludos desde Europa“. All titles were recorded in Europe. In addition to orchestras based in Europe, there are others who have only toured Europe for a short time. Some of them have been completely forgotten these days. This article provides background information on the orchestras and the musicians of the four albums. This music is also suitable for DJs when putting together tandas on a milonga.

The first album of the small series includes recordings by the orchestras of Quintin Verdu, Jose M. Lucchesi, Francisco Alongi and Rafael Canaro.

Quintin Verdu was born to Spanish parents in Algeria and came to Paris at the age of 10, where he attended the conservatory. At 21, he met Rafael Canaro and Miguel Orlando, who hired him as a pianist. He went on a European tour with Rafael Canaro until 1935 and later accompanied Tino Rossi, whom he soon left to form his own orchestra.

With their distinctive style, they were very successful until the outbreak of war. He was captured and released in 1941. His orchestra later became the house band of the famous “Olympia” in Paris. There are four tracks on this album that present the distinctive style of this orchestra.

José Marcos Lucchesi came to Paris from Brazil as the son of a Corsican family and, following the zeitgeist, also fell in love with the tango in the 1930s. After the war he switched to popular dance music with his works.

Francisco Alongi came to France from Tunisia in 1921 and became a pianist for Manuel Pizarro and later for Tano Genaro. He often accompanied the famous tango singer Rosita Barrios. In 1932 he founded his own orchestra.

Rafael Canaro, the little brother of the great Francisco, was also known as Argentina‘s tango ambassador to Europe. The recordings with Luis Scalon are from 1938 and were taken in Paris. Due to the outbreak of war, Rafael Canaro then returned to his native Argentina.


The second album presents Felice Verrecchia, Manuel and Salvador Pizarro, Rene Pesenti and Auguste Jean Pesenti.

The Argentine Felice Verrecchia Orchestra was a family company that made its first recordings in late 1937. The family originally came from Italy and made a living in the Tango stronghold of Paris. The young singer Bianca Meri later Bianca Verrecchia bewitches by the beauty of her singing.

Manuel Pizarro was one of the pioneers of tango in Europe right from the start. He landed in Marseille for the first time in August 1920 and three months later was a member of the Filipotto ensemble in the cabaret „El Garron“ in Paris. From 1923, he successfully maintained several nightclubs with his brothers Domingo, Salvador, Alfredo, Tanga, Jose and Miguel, which were the starting point for many Argentine tango musicians.

In this album, the only two remaining recordings of Roberto Maida can be heard during his stay in France with Manuel Pizarro.

Little is known about Rene Pesenti and there are only few recordings preserved. The dreamy violins are formative in his arrangements. Auguste Jean Pesenti was also an all-rounder of the night clubs and cabaret industry in Paris. This is shown by numerous recordings with the orchestras of the Parisian „Coliseum“ or the „l‘Empire“. His „Poema“ recording from 1932 is one of the most successful interpretations for me. In 1936 he founded a jazz tango formation for the „Moulin Rouge“ ball.

All recordings have been published by the MKR label, which guarantees the highest sound quality.

(The contribution is an adaptation of a text by Matthias Kroll. Despite careful research, we were unable to identify the photographer of the photo used for this article. We ask possible copyright holders to contact us directly, e.g. by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

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SHUTDOWN - No, thanks!

Shutdown Nein DankeA tango dancer has sent me her thoughts with request for publication:

Yeah, I'm selfish. And I stand by it.

 Because I'm tired of hearing from well-meaning "altruistic" people about how important it is for all of us to shut everything down so that we can all stay healthy and the hospitals don't get overloaded... I should enjoy life, resume neglected hobbies, clean up my apartment or do yoga and wait and see...

 These are the things I am already doing regularly.
I don't need a stupid virus for that.
They have always been part of my life.

I just don't want to be placated/criticized/silenced/made ridiculous by people whose lives are hardly affected by the shutdown because

1) they can & may continue to work
2) they continue to receive their salary
3) they cannot and will not lose their job even if they are now in short-time work
4) can teach and go to school because they are a public educational institution but private educational institution (like mine) are not allowed to
5) they do not risk that their work, which has been built up over a long period of time, is prevented or severely impaired by a stupid virus
6) they can continue to take care of their house and garden, while mine is ruined because nobody can take care of it
7) can be together with his*her partner
8) can have sex when they want it
9) can get comfort in the form of human contact because they do not leave alone
10) are not prevented from travelling to their home countries, where they partly live and work
11) they will probably not have to give up their beloved hobbies very long after the shutdown (Tango dancers)
12) they simply have a different mental state

Yes, I am also sorry that so many over eighty years old people with various pre-existing deseases have unfortunately left this earth BECAUSE OF Corona.

But may I also say it, please, they have lived their lives until today, and that for quite a long time already...

If the shutdown continues like this, many - younger people - will have a lot of problems and possibly leave this earth much earlier ...

In the end... If someone could come up with the idea to tell me that I benefit from the shutdown, because then I would have an intensive bed with ventilator, if necessary, I want to say to these people: I signed a living will many years ago in which I clearly say that I DO NOT WANT TO BE KEPT ALIVE ARTIFICIALLY, so I don't need your intensiv beds with ventilator. You can use it for somebody else.

Thanks for reading this!

(The name is known to the editor of this blog)

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MKR - a new tango label

What did it sound like when a tango was recorded in the 30s or 40s of the last century? For several years Matthias Kroll has been dedicating a lot of time to  get closer and closer to the original recording in his sound restorations.Recently he has founded his own label. "Matthias Kroll Records" (MKR), which is distributed exclusively by Danza y Movimiento. In the following text Matthias Kroll himself tells how he became a tango restorer: 

The Argentine Tango has a distinctive charm and once you have succumbed to it, you can usually never get away from it again. Like many, I first came into contact with it in the 90s when the Gotan Project started in Paris and hybrids like Tanghetto were played in the clubs. The free way of dancing to this music fascinated my wife and me and we had to learn it. After a longer break we got back into the milonga scene and I became more and more involved with the tango music of the past. I started to search for old recordings and to translate the lyrics. Once you are immersed in the world of the 20s/30s and 40s, there are so many forgotten tangos/texts and people to discover. Our dance style changed quite fast and we actually only dance in close embrace, where both partners feel and dance the music together as an inseparable unity.

I have always been bothered by the partly bad quality of the transfers that were played on the milongas.

I was more and more occupied with technical issues, such as recording techniques and the production of the shellac record and later vinyl records. I became a collector of old records. Unfortunately, most of the originals of the record companies were destroyed in Argentina in the 60s and 70s and today we have to fall back on copies that were sometimes badly damaged.
For my approaching retirement I have set myself the goal to digitally rework and restore as many old recordings as possible. This is partly quite costly and time-consuming. Fortunately, the development of the software is going through a constant advancement in rapid speed and I am confident that one day an AI can restore the old tangos true to the original. Until then I will continue to work and share my results with you.

You can find the whole colection in our Music Shop. This sample search will show you all titles and albums published so far.

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Corona - one opinion, many victims

The economic basis of musicians, dancers, concert organizers, venues, cafés, milongas, tango and salsa teachers and many more is being compromised by the worldwide measures to contain Covid19. These measures are lacking any sense of proportion and are destroying everything that has been built up over many years in many countries, especially by the self-employed and small and medium-sized entrepreneurs.

At the current time more and more scientists and doctors show the courage to express their doubts about the effectiveness of curfews and contact bans. They assess the danger of the measures taken as much greater than the danger posed by the virus itself.

We have a worldwide problem. That is why it is currently important to create a counter-public in every country in the world and to inform people about what is being concealed in the media. The website of Swiss Propaganda Research, which publishes its information in various languages and links to external information sites, is very helpful in this respect:


The more intensively the SARS-CoV-2 virus is being studied, the clearer it becomes that it is supposed to be less dangerous than a normal influenza virus. We must break the spell under which the world (for whatever interests) is at the moment. Please forward the following information, which is not shown on television, to friends and acquaintances. So that we can continue dancing tango and salsa and live as self-determined a life as possible!


The following text are excerpts from original articles published in the blog of the German website „The Meditators“:

Since the beginning of this year I have been observing what is happening in the world in connection with the discovery of a micro-organism called SARS-CoV-2. New viruses appear every year and corona viruses have been known for many years. But this year was different. It had to be a really dangerous pathogen when the Chinese locked 60 million people into their homes for their own protection. I followed the development primarily through the renowned German news magazine „Der Spiegel“ and its online site. After all, until recently I believed that Der Spiegel was a more reliable source than many other media.

Further the virus spread around the world, the more my doubts about media coverage grew. After all, the virus did nothing other than what all influenza viruses do year after year - it went on a journey. SARS-CoV-2 has become the biggest viral media star of all time and will probably go down in history as a milestone for political, social and economic changes in this millennium that has just begun. The world is spellbound by SARS-CoV-2 and does not allow any other opinion on the subject than what is conveyed when we turn on the television or read the newspaper.

I know that it is risky to write what I am writing here. In the past few days I have experienced that many people in my environment, with whom I have been friends, despise me because I have a different opinion than they do. In their opinion, there is only one opinion on this subject. I would like to ask you to turn off the television, step aside, take a deep breath and check if what you think is not in a foreign-controlled mode. I am grateful for any factual information that supports or contradicts my thoughts and theses.



I live in Hamburg. This city has almost two million inhabitants. According to official figures from 19.03. there are 506 patients in this city, with SARS-CoV-2 was detected. On April 2, 2437 people were infected. This is far from the exponential curve that was predicted. Unfortunately I am not being told how many people are already well again.
On 19.03.2020 18 patients were being treated in the Hamburg hospitals, who couldn‘t cope with the consequences of corona flu at home alone;
a city of over a million people has been is shut down because of eighteen critical cases. On 02.04. there are 180 people with Covid19 in the Hospitals. Many doctors are out of work, because they are supposed to wait for the big wave of infections...


The specialist

Medical professionals on this topic: The flu occurs every year. Different viruses attack i.e. the respiratory system. In unfavourable conditions, pneumonia can also occur. Viruses are micro-organisms that, like all living things, have to adapt to circumstances. As humans are developing immunity the viruses adapt as well. Viruses create new variants that the human defence system does not yet know. Corona viruses have been known for many years. They have also accounted for a percentage of the viruses that cause flu-like infections for many years. This year, as in previous years. However, this is the first time that corona viruses and especially SARS-CoV-2 have been tested. Since today nobody was interested in these viruses. SARS-CoV-2 is therefore a completely normal procedure from a medical point of view - the same procedure as every year. But obviously it is not the same procedure because we see loads of coffins being transported from old peoples homes to the crematory. I believe this is a constructed reality.



Of course I have asked myself why the chaotic conditions in Italian hospitals are currently occurring. The way I see it , a whole range of factors are adding up to it;

The figures from Italy say nothing about how many people have died of Covid19 in that country. As Angelo Borelli, president of the Italian Civil Defence declared already on March 20th, there is no investigation in Italy whether someone died of Covid19. However, deceased people are being examined to see if they have the virus. If they do, they are included in the Covid19 statistics, even if the cause of death was completely different. (2)
Only about 12% of deaths are due to Covid19 , according to Prof. Ricciardi, scientific advisor to the Italian Ministry of Health. In other words, 88% of the deaths in Italy are people whose main cause of death is due to factors other than Covid19. So only a fraction of the deaths in Italy that appear in the statistics are due to Covid19. (3)
Italy has the second oldest population in the world after Japan. As early as 17th March a report by the Italian authorities revealed that 90% of the deceased counted as Covid19 were over 70 years old. In this report there are almost no deaths without pre-existing conditions, to be precise 0.8% of the deaths recorded in the Covid19 statistics have no pre-existing conditions. 99.2% have pre-existing conditions. (4)
The north of Italy has an extremely high level of air pollution. This results in a very high rate of respiratory diseases in this region. (5)
Italy has very high levels of antimicrobial resistance. This makes it difficult to use antibiotics on people who become infected by these resistant germs after hospitalisation and die as a result. (6)
The Italian health system has been in a completely dilapidated for years. It already collapsed during the last wave of influenza in 2018, when there were more than 25,000 influenca victims. But borders were not closed. There was also no curfew. (7a)
Also the average occupancy rate of the intensive care beds in the relatively well-equipped clinics in the north of Italy is 85 - 90% in the winter months. So it does not take much for a collapse. (8)
In Italy, staff shortages are part of everyday life in the health sector. However, if thousands of symptom-free health workers suddenly have to be quarantined because of positive Covid19 tests, even if they do not show any symptoms, the consequences are shattering.
The numbers of test positive individuals in Italy should be treated with caution.

9.1 In Italy, as in all other countries, tests are used that have not been scientifically validated. It is not known what else these tests (except for SARS-CoV-19) react to.

9.2 The figures on Covid19-infected people presented to the public do not indicate to what extent there has been an increase in positive test results due to an increase in the number of tests carried out. In other words, if you test twice as much today as yesterday, you will get twice as many infected people with the same infection rate.

9.3 Initial tests on a broad population group show that already in the first half of March the population in the region tested here is 50-75% symptom-free test positive for Covid19. This means: In the completely irresponsible presentation of figures by the media, everyone who dies from whatever cause from these 50-75% of people is considered to be Covid19 dead! (9)

(The sources of all details you can find below this post in German language.)


The numbers

In addition to images, we are supplied with figures by the media on a daily basis. Most of the figures are completely useless on closer inspection, as they contradict any scientific basis for collecting statistics. Numbers only make sense if there is a comparison. Corona numbers are almost always without comparison in the media. I would like to know how many deaths there have been in the comparative period of a country from the following diseases:

- the known variants of influenza
- Infections with resistant germs
- other diseases
- in traffic
- during previous years‘ flu epidemics

The current deaths attributed to corona flu are recorded in detail. With so much statistical effort, I also wonder why, especially in the first weeks of the spread, no further data is published regarding these deaths. Where were the statistics on the age and previous illnesses of the deceased?

I also ask myself,

- how many people become seriously ill when the virus is identified because of the fear that has been created around it. (It is scientifically proven that fearing a disease increases the chances of becoming ill oneself many times over).

- how many people become ill or die as a result of the governmental coercive measures taken in many countries

- how many freelancers and small entrepreneurs will get ill or even commit suicide because they are deprived of their income and have to watch their economic existence go down the drain.

An increase in domestic violence is now documented in Wuhan as well as in Italy.


The defensive measures

I take the issue of influenza (whether with or without SARS-CoV-2 in the virus cocktail) very seriously. For people with a weakened immune system or other diseases a flu can be fatal. This is the case this year and it was the same in previous years. All my life I have heard from doctor and scientists that one of the best ways to fight the flu and colds is to be out in the fresh air and exercise. Currently, government measures are preventing people from taking care of their health: in many countries they are not allowed to go for walks or exercise in the fresh air. Sports studios and all other health facilities are closed. Children are not even allowed on the playground. Parks are closed.


The experts

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is the highest institution in Germany for risk assessment in connection with epedemas such as a wave of influenza. Although the RKI emphasizes its independence, suspicions of close links with the pharmaceutical industry have been repeatedly voiced in the past. I have visited the website of the RKI several times in the past months, also when there were already quite a few corona cases in Germany. I was surprised to find no information at all about the new virus. This changed abruptly at a time when it became clear what economic potential there was for the pharmaceutical industry to combat the virus through vaccination. Suddenly the warnings from the RKI came thick and fast and contributed significantly to the current standstill in Germany. Before this point in time, SARS-CoV-2 seemed to be completely irrelevant to the RKI. This makes me think. However, I would not ask you to draw the conclusion from these observations that I believe that the pharmaceutical industry initiated the current disaster. I am definitely not of this opinion. But the pharmaceutical industry will do everything it can to cut itself off the cake. If you want to know more about this, please feel free to read up on topics like „swine flu“, „bird flu“ or BSE.


A few more thoughts

From one day to the next Wuhan did not report any new corona cases. China reports only a few new cases, all of them foreign travelers. In other words: In a country with 1.4 billion inhabitants the virus has suddenly disappeared! Here something else becomes clear: The virus only exists as long as it is in the spotlight (coronate tests). If we would stop testing in other countries, we would not even notice that this virus exists at all. This is the opinion of the German Respitory specialist Wolfgang Wodarg, among others.

Helpful for understanding the current situation is the reading of Naomi Klein‘s book „Die Schockstrategie“ (The Shock Strategy) published in 2007. What is analysed there in detail can currently be experienced in a new form.


The first winners of the crisis have already been determined. Besides pharmaceutical companies, they include Amazon, Facebook and the medical technology division of Alphabet, Google‘s parent company. In addition, there are many other companies whose business is in the field of surveillance capitalism. Further information on surveillance capitalism is provided by Shoshana Zuboff‘s book of the same name.


Become part of the counter-public

We now urgently need a stronger counter-public, which will help humanity to wake up from its paralysis. We also need more experts in all countries who dare to make their expertise available. For many freelancers and small companies it is already too late and I am concerned about the expected death rate through suicides and the expected social tensions, if the line taken by politics in almost all countries is continued. Fortunately, there are more and more experts who dare to oppose the mainstream opinion. However, these statements are hardly ever spread by the media. My full appreciation also goes to Wolfgang Wodarg, a medical doctor and specialist for respitory deseases and epidemiology from Flensburg, who concludes – based on the facts – that the course of Covid-19 is hardly different from a normal wave of influenza. All the contributions I have heard so far from experts who have been engaged by the media to make counterstatements have come to the conclusion that the facts listed by Wodarg are correct. What remains to justify the current measures is that we cannot yet say definitively whether SARS-CoV-2 would pose a particular threat because it is too early to do so. Does this argumentation justify even the slightest bit of action by governments worldwide? Let us be clear: Measures are being taken worldwide on the basis of the assessments and projections of a small group of virologists! Exponential growth rates result from more tests and more scare tactics. And the tests have not even been scientifically validated ...

Become part of the counter-public and spread the information which is suppressed in almost all media, over your personal networks. This is the only way for everyone to come to their own conclusions. If we are not intimidated, maybe we can save something ...


Your opinion

After the publication of the first articles in the blog of „Die Meditierer“, I received many many comments, most of them by mail. I am shocked how many people are already affected - not by the supposedly dangerous virus, but by the social consequences. The number of those who think I am mentally ill and my posts are dangerous to the public is limited. Thanks to all who are in the process of creating a counter-public! If you would like to write a comment below, please concentrate on a statement with factual additional information. Of course these do not have to share my opinion. But references to films showing coffins piled up in front of a crematorium fail to recognize that television is staging its contributions. I have worked long enough in this medium myself.

Further contributions, additions and regular updates can be found (in German language) on the website of „Die Meditierer“.

All facts mentioned in the articles are based on carefully researched sources. You can find the sources under the original contributions of „The Corona Hypnosis“, „Corona - the Media“ and „More Tests - more sick - more panic - more dead“ in German language.

The websites linked for information purposes do not reflect the opinion of the operator of this blog.

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A free Internet?

Sometimes music and dancing also have something to do with politics. This is rare, but music can only be created if the social conditions are in place. And this includes musicians, authors, producers, publishers and many others who create music getting something for their work. These days the waves are boiling, because the vote is about a new copyright law in the EU. Let me start by saying that I can only congratulate any Member who dares, in view of the mobilisation against this reform, to give his vote to this draft law!

I run a small music label myself. Since the turn of the millennium my income has gone down the drain. A major reason for this was the use of music on the Internet. Since there were (and still are) no legal regulations in the field of copyright adapted to the digital age, the large Internet platforms1) on which you can listen to music have dictated their own rules for the use of music. On many platforms this meant that for a long time nothing (!) was paid to those who created this music. Until today, minimal amounts are paid with several zeros behind the comma for streaming. No musician can live on it, no music label can live on it.

Musiker Kuba Foto RescioShortly after the turn of the millennium I released the last self-produced CD on my label. In 2007 I released the last album, where the musician had financed the recording himself. I closed my shop in Hamburg at that time, I stopped the internet trade with music later as well.

The legal situation played a significant role in all these decisions. There was no justice. While a company that has become known to us through its search engine has achieved billions in revenues from the use of music1), those who created this music have remained outside.

Now, at the end of this month and after many years of negotiation, a law is to be finally passed that would, for the first time, enable music creators to demand financial compensation for their creations. And already at this point the free Internet is threatened for many.

I do not want to go into further detail at this point as to whether there is still a free Internet at all. I would even like to question whether we have a free Internet. I see rather a dictatorship of some dominant companies1). They play out their power over and over again. At the moment, this is clearly evident in the propaganda against the draft law, in which the company with the search engine1) is using its power to manipulate opinions .

There is talk of "upload filters"2) and the associated restrictions on freedom of expression. First of all, EU copyright law does not contain a single word about upload filters. It states that a platform can be held responsible for its content. Since large Internet platforms1) will draw the consequence from this to filter with artificial intelligence what the users (e.g. on Youtube) upload is to be assumed. It can also be assumed that artificial intelligence will not always recognize whether a contribution is satire, for example. It can be assumed that thousands of uploads, e.g. from Youtube, will be rejected every day without justification.

Yes, I agree with many net activists that there will be censorship. But who censors? In my opinion the censors are the big platforms1) and not the new law.

If artificial intelligence is not clever enough, teams have to be formed that react promptly to user complaints and check the content! Yes, teams - real people that you can write to or call! Unfortunately, however, such a model contradicts the business policy of the major platforms1), which are concerned solely with maximizing their earnings.

A copyright law adapted to the digital age could set a milestone for the Internet giants1) who have been ruthlessly exploiting their power in the lawless space of the digital world3) for years to throw a small stick between their legs.

Admittedly, I personally am not happy with all aspects of the new EU copyright law either. This work is a compromise that has been worked out over years of dispute between the parties involved. But it is an opportunity to do something against the greed of the big platforms within the EU.

A "YES" to copyright reform would be a step that would call on the platforms that dominate the Internet to subordinate themselves to the principles of democratically elected bodies. In my opinion, this would be a step towards more democracy and thus more freedom on the Internet.

With this in mind, I would be happy to support any Member of the European Parliament you know in finding the courage to vote for the new copyright law!

1)In this article I deliberately do not mention any names of internet dominating companies, especially not the name of a big search engine, on which this website is dependent to be found at all. This search engine is not controlled by anyone but the company that runs it. For me it is not unthinkable that this company will represent its own interests and that this will be reflected in the programming of its algorithms. When I last made a search query under Article 13 of EU copyright law, seven of the first 10 hits were against the new copyright law, two were balanced in terms of content, only one was for the new copyright law ...

2) Background to the "Upload Filter": Every day, vast amounts of data are uploaded from users to Youtube or other platforms. If, under the new copyright law, the operator of a platform should be responsible for the legality of its content, it can be assumed that large platforms (such as Youtube) will use software that filters out content that has not been approved by the authors. The name "Uploadfilter" stands for such software. It can be assumed that there is currently no software that will recognize a satire video as satire, for example. Since such a video would be rejected by the filter, critics of the copyright reform speak of an encroachment on freedom of expression.

3) I like to refer to the Internet as a lawless space, since legislation has not lagged behind here in recent decades. Since there were and are hardly any regulations, the major players on the Internet have been able to set up a gigantic surveillance apparatus that has never existed before and which hardly any user of digital media is aware of.  

Please note that English is not my native language and that I used www.deepl.com/translator to translate the original German text. But maybe not everything is as I could express it in German.

Photo: Susanna Rescio

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500 years Havana

On 16 November 2019 Havana celebrates its birthday. In Cuba people are dancing Salsa on this birthday. You can dance with them at this unique celebration in 2019!  And on the price of our group trip in November you get now* a discount of 155 Euro!

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Havana was founded on 16 November 1519 and is now 500 years old! The city is just cleaning itself up. Everywhere is being painted and repaired, new buses for public transport are being purchased, rubbish is being removed - Havana wants to show its best side. And since the Cubans are world champions in celebrating, the celebrations for the 500th have already begun a few months ago.

Of course there's dancing, too. And if you want to be there and dance with them, you now have the opportunity to register for a unique group trip. Our guests will be accommodated in the very centre of Havana and just around the corner from the newly renovated Capitolio. The old town is right on your doorstep - Cuban life, where you feel like you are in a different time ... Bars, street cafés, small shops, art, music - a colourful mess.

Since we are not the only ones to celebrate the birthday of Havana, our Cuban hosts ask for confirmation of accommodation. This is what we would like to do, especially as we accommodate our guests as close as possible to each other, i.e. in nearby houses or apartments. Living close to each other and at the same time completely independent of the group makes it easier to arrange a date with the others. The following photo is the view from the terrace of one of the accommodations. From here you can study life in Havana from a bird's eye view:

Blick auf Havanna Foto Jacob

The trip has not yet been confirmed. We would like to confirm. To give you a little push, if you book now, you will get booking right now* a discount of 155.- Euro on the price of the trip!

A further reason to confirm the trip as soon as possible are the air fares. Booking your flight for November in the coming weeks can save you a lot of money ...

A few more words about why this trip is unique. In our groups you will not meet people for whom salsa dancing is a kind of competitive sport, where it is important to learn techniques for as many figures and turns as possible. New York or L.A.-Style have brought salsa from the body to the head. For me, the growing influence of these styles was a reason to retire from the salsa scene years ago. Cubans have also become more technical in their way of dancing salsa. But their relationship to rhythm has remained a sensitive one. I appreciate the fact that our Cuban teachers are deliberately confusing the minds of their students. And when nothing works anymore, the dancing really starts.

No matter what previous knowledge the participants of the groups of Danza y Movimiento had in the past years - after one week at the latest all, but really all, danced a Rueda together. And this Cuban circle dance, in which the men change from one partner to the next, is not exactly easy ...

With us you will find people who enjoy movement and express their individual potential. It's about an experience from within and only secondarily about learning technical details. This does not mean that no steps or figures are taught in the dance classes. But the focus is different, especially since the environment of the course gives a lot of impulses to get in touch with oneself more deeply. Participants in Danza y Movimiento's courses come from all age groups, although there are usually more women as well as people who live their lives consciously. The people in these groups have a great openness and willingness to get involved in life. This often leads to a very creative exchange. In the dance courses each participant has an individual Cuban partner.

*This offer is valid until the trip is marked as confirmed on our website when the minimum number of participants is reached.

Click here for a description of the trip to Havana from 2-16 November 2019.

Photo of the popular marathon in Havana: Susanna Rescio; photo of the terrace overlooking Havana: Sabine Jacob 



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Traveling and Mindfulness 2019

Mindfulness means recognizing the moment and living it. Dancing, meditation, yoga and massage support this. Also to find a place apart from dayly life where you can be completely with yourself is an even greater support.

In 2019 there are currently two travel offers where you can gain deeper access to yourself by benefitting the help of guidance. This strengthens the connection between body and mind and allows you to live your everyday life more authentically.

Seminar Yoga Tantra Canossa 11

Canossa, Italy, 28.08. – 12.09.2019 (Core Program 31.08. – 07.09.)

Here you will find the full spectrum where you can arrive at the present without going into stress and effort. The magic word for it is TANTRA and has little to do with the common ideas associated with this word.

In Canossa 2019 there is a core week with group dynamic processes. But you are welcome to come a few days earlier and let the experience of the core week linger on in the days after. We have rented the entire house for two weeks and offer you a flexible arrival and departure time.

TANTRA awaits you in Canossa - that means meditating together, dancing, breathing, contact and massages. Maybe you can get an idea of what a tantra massage really is ...

Further information on our travel page Tantra.

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Havana, Cuba, 02. – 16.11.2019

This is a group travel offer that you will not find with any other travel agency. We have been working with Cubans for more than 20 years. This time has created a unique infrastructure that we make available to our guests. In this group travel program you will take a deep look at life in Cuba. And through the special history of Cuba you will experience something you will never experience anywhere else in the world. And that again can fundamentally change your view on your everyday life in Europe or wherever you may live in the world. This is exactly what many of our travel participants have experienced and reported back to us in recent years.

During the two weeks in Havana Salsa dancing is very essential. We dance Salsa like the Cubans do. We also go dancing together with Cubans. We meet Cubans and learn something about their everyday life and how they see the world. In the group we share our feelings and what we experience. And of course we also go to the beautiful beaches near Havana ...

Also in this journey there is a focus on actually experiencing what is happening in each moment. Guided meditation-offers support this process, in which body and mind can be centered in silence or in movement. You take part in these offers when and how often you want.

You can learn more about this on our travel page Trip to Cuba

The journeys offered and also guided here are journeys of mindfulness. As a participant you are encouraged to find out what your wishes, needs and limits are ... and what you can do to take care of yourself and to discover what wealth and abundance is available for you in life ... dancing, breathing, meditating ...

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Move and relax in Italy

itcc 02This is an insider tip to end the summer in a special way in the mountains of Italy this year. Book your individual stay during the period from 28 August to 27 September 2018 now!

Our seminar house in the mountains of the northern Italian region Reggio Emilia is waiting for you! This area of Italy is not well developed for tourism. You find yourself in the middle of nature and have a gigantic view. It is an ideal place to meet yourself and others. The house is at the end of a street. Hiking-trails to the villages and the surrounding nature are marked. You can relax by the pool or in the sauna and enjoy creative, vegetarian, wholesome food. Every single day is waiting to be noticed and enjoyed by you!

itcc 08Between August 28 and September 27 we have opened the space for people who want to spend time in this beautiful location. Minimum stay is 5 nights.The daily price of 110 euros includes your overnight stay in a shared room, full board and participation in a daily recreational programme.

Every morning and every evening you will find offers for a guided meditation practice. There is yoga, breathing, dancing, quiet and moving meditation. You decide for yourself which of these offers you would like to take advantage of.

The seminar room with professional music system is also available for your individual dance itcc 17practice or for practicing Qi Gong, Tai Chi or movement meditations for you alone or with others.

This is an insider tip, as we do not advertise this program publicly, but only through our own channels. We would be pleased if you would pass the information on to all interested friends in your community.

You can have a look at our German website for this offer. If you do not understand German you can use a  translater like f.ex. https://www.deepl.com

I will be happy to answer your questions in English, Spanish or French by mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

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What’s going on in “Danza y Movimiento”?

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Matthias Möbius

You might ask why I am writing so little. The answer is easy – I  am busy with lots of projects. Some of them might be interesting for you if you are interested in Cuba or if you want to hear about a new tango project.

First of all Cuba. Every time you think it is the last time, but it is not. When I was announcing the group travel which took place in February 2017 I really thought it would be the last time that I would go to Cuba with a group. In the end this trip was so full of life and individual experiences for everyone who came with me, I decided to make a new offer for coming February 2018. And here it is – you can still join this group for a unique experience in contact with Cuban people, with their life and with their way of dancing. (I know, everyone says that his trip is unique – but mine really is …) In 2018 I will even offer some possibilities to practice yoga and meditation together. This is new and this way we will be able to go to deeper levels together … Read more and book the trip right nowand book the trip right now

For all lovers of Tango music a sneak preview to our next project: in 2018 we will start a new series which will include complete recordings of some orchestras, lots of “unknown” titles and much more titles than you can find on our albums we have produced until now. Stay in touch and you will get all information as soon as the first albums will be available next year.

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Tantra and Dance

For the first time this year we are offering Tantra also for English speaking people. This event will take place end of August in Italy. Since most of you are interested in Tango and Salsa I can tell you, that everything you can find in this retreat can be related with your way of dancing. There will be no instruction in terms of technique, but you will get more conscious about the way how to get in contact with your partner. The key for getting in contact with your partner is the contact that you have with yourself. And you can use the experiences with yourself in all parts of your life, in dancing as well as in your relationship(s).

Tantra is not what you might think about Tantra. And it is not what you have heard or read about it. Tantra is experiencing yourself. You can find more information reading the description of this seminar on our site.

Although there will be no announced dancing classes during this week we do have a wonderful seminarroom and soundsystem. You will have ample space and time to do whatever you feel like to create and enjoy.

Read more about our retreat in Apennin Mountains from August 30 to September 6, 2017!

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Our new websites ...

In the course of the changing year there are a few important changes on the websites of „Danza y Movimiento“. Over one and a half years of work, several programmers have completely reworked our Internet presence. The new pages are optimized for German and English and for mobile devices. The details in the overview:

*** Travel information under new domain
Since 1996 „Danza y Movimiento Travel“ offers quality individual and group travel to Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay and Italy. With our customized travels you can experience Cuba, Argentina or Uruguay, in a way you will not find it anywhere else. Our offers now available under the domain http://www.dym-travel.com/en/

*** Music pages have a new structure
Our new music pages are also now online. The former music shop was converted into a music database. In addition to the music database, the new music pages contain an overview of our extensive range of in-house productions, especially in tango. On the pages of La Palmera there is an overview of our publishing activities, in which we represent authors and composers. And there is a separate area for tangomusic free of charge from copyrights for most countries in the world. Currently, the music pages are still a construction site. Nevertheless there is a lot to see and also to be heard…

We do not sell CDs anymore. Already in the beginning of 2015, we had stopped sales to end users due to legal changes which practically made it impossible for us to sell music in a lawful way..

Background information can be found in a blog entry from March 2015.

*** The group trip to Cuba February 4–18
This group trip, which I will accompany myself, will take place from the 4th to the 18th of February. You can find more information about this travel offer following the link.

*** US- citizens: Come with us to Cuba right now!
Due to some cancelations will still have some places available on our group tour to Havana starting next Saturday. If you are interested contact us right now.

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Experience dancing salsa in Havana in February 2017

This is the first time since many years that I will accompany a group traveling to Cuba. And not only I will be there with you - an English speaking Cuban guide will be with the group, too. You can focus your workshop program on salsa, percussion and/or Spanish classes. You will get to know the best places to dance in Havana and we will visit some of these places together with Cuban dancers. We will meet Cuban people, who will tell us about their daily live. And if you like to go deeper reflecting mysterious Cuban live and your experiences you can do this together with me:

Travelling to Havana with Matthias, February 4 to 18, 2017
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"Tango Nueve" - new Tango-CD from Italian orchestra "Hyperion Ensemble"

The CD Tango 9 is the n.9 in the Tango production of the Hyperion ensemble. The project of this new release is strictly following the two previous CDs, Epoca de oro (2011) and Remembranzas (2014) wishing to bring to a new life the music of the historical orchestras of the 40s and 50s; it contains a lot of great hits in the classical Tango repertoire, as Los Mareados, Cachirulo, Esta noche de luna, famous milongas as La Punalada and Mano brava, refined valses as Temo, etc.

The recording has been done 50% live and 50% in studio, with the two bandoneonists Josè Luis Betancor and Antonio Ippolito. Actually this CD is an adequate photo of the Hyperion ensemble in this moment of its life and activity, developing itself mainly in Festivals or in Shows with dancers, moving hundreds of people with the rhythm of the music by D'Arienzo, Pugliese, Biagi etc. reinterpretated with a modern concept of sound and orchestration. The CD contains also a new interpretation of the milonga Morena by Esteban Morgado and of the foxtrot Por las calles de Estambul, and a special arrangement of the Modugno's song Le donne belle, featuring a Trio of female voices: Creartis Trio.

The vocals in this album are performed by two Argentinian singers: Ruben Peloni and Hernan Godoy, finally joined together in the interpretation of El viejo vals, sang in duo by the two singers.
Find this album on iTunes or any other plattform for download and/or streaming of your choice
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Hotels, apartments and casas particulares in Havana and Santiago de Cuba

Here you find some information about the accommodation in Cuba. Nearly 20 years of experience with the organization of individual Cuba trips is giving us a good basis for evaluating the current situation concerning availibility, prices and comfort. Quality-oriented people who really want to get to know the country will defintitely appreciate these advices.
Santiago de Cuba - view from the window of one of our casas particulares
We‘ve been organizing customized stays in Cuba already when something like that officially wasn‘t possible.
Our goal is to enable you to enjoy a relaxing stay in Cuba and to have a genuine Cuba-experience. Of course this is also possible out of the „fortress“ of a hotel, but there are still alternatives. Places where you are close to the cuban rhythm of life and where you don‘t need to compromise on the comfort you desire. Both in Havana and in Santiago de Cuba.

In 2015 the number of tourists coming to Cuba has risen to about 20% over the previous year. That meant about 400,000 visitors more on the island. From autumn 2016 on there will be up to 110 flights a day between the US and Cuba. This represents an increase from 0 to 110. In 2015 there were already problems with the accommodation. How will it be when the Americans are coming?
Room in one of our Casas in the center of Havana
Quoting a swiss newspaper: „Where will all the tourists sleep?“ While there are more and more hotels and casas particulares (the cuban version of the bed & breakfast) some hotels were already in 2015 fully booked for weeks. Guests who got no more rooms, were suggested to look for a casa particular. But also here it was sometimes hard to find openings and/or the quality of the available accommodations were not recommendable by our standards.
Regarding the current situation some cubans speak of a new „periodo especial“. In the 90s this meant ”... much was missing for (a good) life“. Today it means that the country is overrun by tourists. Which not only leads to a shortage of housing, but also significant price increases for food.
Havana - view over the rooftops of the capital from the terrace of one of our Casas

In the arrangement of accommodation in Cuba „Danza y Movimiento“ accesses on its existing and proven infrastructure that we have built up for years. Through a well-established relationship with many landlords who remain loyal even in the face of the current situation, we can maintain the high standard in our apartments. Our casas are centrally located, offer high security, especially when compared to hotels – and friendly landlords that take care of our guests. Also there are our local representatives who look after both, – the guests and the quality of the accommodation.

In order to guarantee high quality standards and good service, we offer casas particulares or apartments only in places or regions that we find appropriate and where our representatives can check the quality any time.

In this PDF you can get an impression of our accommodations. The modern apartment shown on page 8 is located in Havana outside the center. You can rent apartments for your exclusive use in the center of Havana which are traditionally built. They offer a standard that is close to the casa particulares shown in the pdf.

You are welcome to click here to view our accommodations in Cuba ...

Also available in Havana ... outdoor facilities of an apartment in the area of Playa described in detail in the PDF

Al photos in this article Copyright Sabine Jacob

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Dancing in Havana or Santiago de Cuba

For two decades I've been watching the dance scene in Cuba. That is because after all, "Salsa dancing in Cuba" is a central aspect of the travel arrangements I offer. People who learn Salsa at „Danza y Movimiento“, – the first independent dance school in Cuba, with qualified Salsa-Instructors, – want to practice and test as soon as possible what they have learned. However, this is not as easy as one might think. The many music clubs, where often high-profile Cuban bands are playing are since time immemorial a pickup place.
Understandable, since the contact with tourists is a major source of income for many Cubans. Unfortunately that makes going out for dancing in Cuba in many locations less carefree than often described by tour operators. To go out for dancing as an individual in Cuba is not easy and sometimes really exhausting to my experience ...

Salsa with our dancers in Santiago de Cuba. Photo: Sabine Jacob

Usually it was easier for me if I went out while being accompanied by someone. But also here, it can happen that the dance-partner invites a lot of friends to the occasion who order happily their drinks at the expense of the host. Not to be a spoilsport and appear petty, such evenings are sometimes quite expensive, but can also be a lot of fun (if one doesn‘t care about the money too much).

As a result of the current tourist boom, the scene has changed again strongly in recent months. Drink prices go straight up. Most places where you can dance, are overcrowded. People who don‘t order somethng are prompted some places repeatedly and must otherwise leave the premises.

About a year ago: An american group from the program of „Danza y Movimiento“ dances at Hotel Inglaterra to live music. Photo: Alice Kupcik

Anyone who goes out dancing alone, be it man or woman, to whatever place, has increasing problems to find a dancing partner at all. Because less and less Cubans can afford entry or drink prices. Our American tour guide of the legal group-travel for US citizens, told me a few days ago about her experiences, while going out at night with her group: In some places were no Cubans at all – except our (paid) dancers who could dance well. The tour guide was constantly busy protecting the attendants from the onslaught of dance-willing tourists. People who had already been sitting around without dance partners throughout the whole evening and were bored stiff. (Our american tour groups go out in the evening with the dance partners from their Salsa dancing course and are accompanied by american and Cuban guides. Americans are still not allowed to travel for leisure to Cuba without an american travel companion.)

Dancing in Cuba is unfortunately more difficult than one might think. It took me years to accept the fact that dancing in Cuba is just different, to what I had imagined and also to what one is usually told.

Now, – how is it possible to practice all what yout have learned in Salsa lessons during your stay in Havana or Santiago de Cuba? I have spent a lot of thought on that one and tried out different things. The current status is as follows:

Salsa dancing in Santiago de Cuba. Photo: Sabine Jacob
In Santiago it has worked for several years very well, that the dance teachers go dancing together with the guests. This is included in the price of the dance course. The teachers drinks are of course paid by the dance students. All feedback from guests regarding these dances were previously positive.

Different in Havana. Apart from the fact that many dance partners in our Salsa classes in Havana are professional dancers who work on stage in the evening and therefore aren‘t available for dance accompaniment,... some of the feedback our guests have given, lead us to establish clear rules concerning accompanied dancing here.

I have therefore invented the Cuban Taxi Dancer. You are ”renting“ so to speak, a person who will accompany you for a certain number of evenings. Your companion introduces you into the scene and you practice on those evenings with him/her or with other people at the event. Plus, – dancing with others is in this context a lot easier. Since you are accompanied you are not exposed to any form of harassment or nerve-wracking pickup situations. This idea of „Taxi Dancer“ has been working well for a long time with Tango in Argentina.
Also in Cuba these clear agreements clarify the situation. In this way going dancing in Cuba comes close to what you might have thought it would be.

(fyi: We arrange dance companions only in connection with the booking of our travel packages. eg: three evenings with six hours of dance accompaniment cost about 190.- Euro. More details on request in connection with your booking.)

P.S. I don‘t dwell on writing „negative“ posts, but what I write truely reflects what I have experienced. In Cuba not everything is as it is presented to the outside. What are your experiences to go dancing as individual travelers / r in Cuba? You‘re welcome to write a comment ...


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Last chance to get CDs ...

"Danza y Movimiento" is living through a change - and there are still some CDs and also DVDs in our shop, which are ready for immediate delivery!

In order to be able to view the available and most of them fairly new CDs, please proceed like this:

You visit our still existing shop which will soon be transformed into a music archive: Entrance to our music shop

On the right, you will find a small forklift truck under the term “category”. Please set a filter here.

Now you can start browsing in the categories. You will be most successful in the tango department, but there are also some new Latin releases, which we received recently.

And, as it is common on a market in Latin America, you can negotiate prices! If you order more than 7 articles, make us a price offer with your order – and we will tell you if we can accept it or not. In case we do not accept it, you are not bound to your order...

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Legal people-to-people tour to Cuba for teachers in August

Additional programm for everyone who is bound by school holidays: For teachers and other people having holidays in August, we included an additional group journey to Havana
Basic instructions for Salsa rhythms. Foto taken by Alice Kupcik with one of our American groups in Havana.
with salsa, son, casino and percussion in our program. The travel dates are: August 22nd – August 29th 2015. For more information please have a look here:
Legal people-to-people tour to Cuba for teachers and any other person interested in Cuban culture

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Current group journeys to Cuba 2015/2016

Learn and practise salsa in a small group attended by a Cuban guide. Our programme for dance and music is unique worldwide and it offers a high quality level. Currently, various dates are available:

Our classic is the group journey “Muévete a lo Cubano“. The next travel opportunity is in about two weeks, and there are more dates indicated

March 28 to April 11, 2015
November 14 to 28, 2015
March 19 to April 2, 2016

More info: Travel to Experience Cuba in a small group!

We offer three dates at the moment for US citizens to travel to Cuba legally according to the “people-to-people programme” licensed by the US American government.

June 6 to 13, 2015
December 5 to 12, 2015
January 16 to 23, 2016

More info: Special tours for US Citizens!

Robert Ewing joined our programme in January together with his wife Elizabeth and both just came back from Havana. His film:

Salsa en Cuba! 2015 from Rob Ewing on Vimeo.

Rob writes: "We had a great experience throughout. We've since talked with some others who've traveled there, and it's safe to say that none of them had anything like our trip! Anyway, thank you deeply for your hard work getting it together; it was a gas! Cheers, Rob and Elizabeth. Cuban music, Cuban dance, and Cuban culture reflect a unique mix of rhythms and peoples. We'd long sought the right licensed group trip -- still necessary -- that would take us into the heart of Havana. Elizabeth found this programme, which offered two hours drumming a day with pro teachers; three hours salsa dancing a day with gifted young dancers; and club dancing each night with the same dance partners, plus rooming in a Cuban home. Our slice of Cuba was close to the bone and not at all fancy, but it was full of life! There are many other ways to see Cuba; ours brought us close to real Cubans and allowed us to work one-on-one with elite dancers and musicians."

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