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Bebo Valdes

Black Tears: A Loving Goodbye to Bebo Valdes

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The sad history of Bebo Valdés is that during his entire time as an émigré, he was erased from the repertoire of Cuban culture in the national media -- until the worldwide success of Lagrimas Negras, a record the Cuban musical censors could not bury.

Cuban Piano Great Passes Away

AP | HAROLD HECKLE | Posted 05.22.2013 | Latino Voices

MADRID — Renowned Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes, a composer and bandleader who recorded with Nat "King" Cole, was musical director at Havana's legen...

After Half a Century, Blacklisted Voices OK'd to Return to Cuban Airwaves

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.16.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

After Celia Cruz's exile on July 15, 1960, the most famous Cuban singer was erased from television and radio programming. It was forbidden to broadcast her music, and generations grew up without that cry of "¡azucarrr!" echoing in our ears.

Cuba Removes Artists Such as Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan From the Blacklist

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.10.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In addition to the already deceased Celia Cruz, many other artists have been banned for years and years. Among them are the bolero singer Olga Guillot, the saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, and pianist Bebo Valdes.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, & Tono Errando on Chico & Rita

Dan Persons | Posted 04.18.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Amidst the swashbuckling felines, fast-talking lizards, and kung-fu pandas -- plus a cat in Paris -- that occupy this year's Oscar nominees for animated feature, there's actually a tale featuring human beings, stylized though they may be.