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PAUZA Explore Old Havana in "Se Vende" Music Video

Cuban electronic duo give fans a look into life in their home country.

Cuba's first female electronic duo, Zahira Sánchez and Paula Fernández, otherwise known by the name PAUZA, have returned with a colorful and engaging music video for their latest single "Se Vende."

The video also features the 2018 "Best Alternative Music Album" Latin Grammy-nominated rapper and lyricist, Telmary.

The video is set in the lively streets of Havana, focusing on Telmary and her forays around the city. Viewers witness the Havana-based duo follow the rapper around the city as she dances in the streets, interacts with various street vendors, and raps about everyday life in Cuba. "'Se Vende' has a Havana-based soundscape," says PAUZA. "We wanted to create a soundtrack to pair with how we live as Cubans daily."

According to the duo, the clip, which was directed and produced completely on their iPhones, is meant to highlight the streets of Old Havana in their splendid glory. "We wanted to give viewers a brief look into life in our country!" the duo says of the video.

The music video for "Se Vende" skillfully matches the timeless and delightfully uplifting Cuban sound expressed in the song. PAUZA's re-interpret the cultural current of house music by infusing pure Latin rhythms, demonstrating why they're a force to be reckoned with in the house community.

Telmary's swift and direct Spanish lyrics seductively wash over a downtempo conga infused beat that brings the track to life. The flourishing and prominent trumpet arrangement acts as the strong and consistent base for both the track and the video, complimenting Telmary's overlaying infectious vocals in a charming fusion of the old and new.

Check out PAUZA's music video for"Se Vende" below!

PAUZA - "Se Vende ft. Telmary" (Official Video) www.youtube.com



Alessandra Rincón is a journalist, writer, and photographer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana living in New York City. She loves covering music, art and culture news and you can usually find her at a show or with her nose in a book. In her spare time she is a musician, comic book nerd and wannabe cook.


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On Being A Young Latinx From Miami When Fidel Castro Dies

The Magic City comes alive in the wake of the dictator's death.

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[Editor's note: These thoughts are entirely my own—read at your own risk]

I left Miami a few hours after Fidel Castro's death was announced by his brother, Raul, on national television. This flight was booked weeks ago, but had I somehow known that this would happen, I would have missed the plane on purpose.

Anyone who has spent even a minuscule amount of time in Miami and has actually paid attention to the local zeitgeist—A.K.A. anyone who's had a conversation with an old Cuban man at Café Versailles in Little Havana—will tell you that the ensuing celebration has been a long time coming. The man wasn't dead for an hour when social media was flooded with a clarion call: ¡Pa' la calle!

In English: "to the streets!"

And that is exactly what Miami's Cuban population did; pots, pans, signs, champagne bottles, and, of course, Cuban flags whipping the wind on a new dawn.

Maria Pulgar© 2016

I was running on maybe an hour of sleep, and headed to the airport an hour later than I was supposed to. My parents and I were huddled on the couch watching the news break; I had found out the announcement while they were sleeping, and had spent the hours before an excruciatingly early flight writing, calling friends and scrolling through my newsfeed. It almost felt wrong that I couldn't join the revelers. One of my best friends being Cuban, I wanted nothing more than to run the streets with her, shouting and laughing and crying. It's a miracle I didn't get caught in traffic.

Cubans make up 34% of Miami's Hispanic population, with 52% of those accounting for exiles and refugees fleeing Castro's Cuba. The outbreak of festivities was comparable to when Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, died back in 2013. The fate of both countries is intimately entwined in more than that aspect—it's no secret that Chavez tried to emulate Cuba's policies, and revered its leader. As news pieces and op-eds like this one inevitably begin to pop up, Castro is painted as a tyrant whose death is to be celebrated and a war hero who, along with Ché Guevara, fought imperialism. The latter opinion, knowing firsthand the damage he's caused to the families of so many around me, is not one I can condone.

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It's important that socialists—democratic or otherwise—take a hard look at the damage done to the Cuban nation and the world since Castro took power. It's important that, now more than ever, we understand why the Cuban people feel an enormous burden lifted off their shoulders. There are still so many who refused to go back until he died; now, as the sun rises over a Cuba that no longer has Castro's shadow looming over it, a Cuba where Raul Castro has less and less power, we need to scrutinize history with an even more pointed lens.

Growing up around the environment that I did, I suppose it's very easy for me to say that, but I invite everyone who looks up to Guevara and Castro as war heroes to pay attention to what's happening in Miami right now, and to what will be happening there for at least another week. We know how to party, and now more than ever the streets are alive.

Let the champagne and the colada flow through the streets. Let the Cuban people rejoice in what is in an enormous step forward for freedom and a new era. Let there be joy on Calle Ocho and all over the world, even if it stems from death, even if 2016 has been a harrowing exercise in patience, grief, and political discourse.

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The ridiculousness of the Kardashian family has reached new heights this week with their well documented trip to Cuba.

Of course everything about this toxic family is well documented—not only is it all filmed, Instagrammed and papped, but their every move is fed to the press by their relentless PR team all under the watchful eye of puppeteer Momager Kris Jenner—and this week is no different.

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Truly, their narcissistic, self-promoting, deluded behavior knows no bounds—you can literally feel the intelligence seeping out of you as you watch their show. It is beyond frightening that these women are some of the most influential figures in the world today.

The family's trip to Armenia (their homeland) was excruciating and self-indulgent enough, but this trip to Cuba is off the scale. Did they not get ANY advice on the political situation in the country and the sensitive historical relationship with the US before they boarded their private jet? No of course they didn't! They just saw it as an opportunity to garner yet more attention for themselves!

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As with any family trip, the K-Klan are vying for most column inches, will it be Kim's cleavage, the sexy sistas sucking on a fat Cuban (cigar that is), or Khloe's wildly insensitive picture next to a Castro tribute that gets the most likes?

The Khloe/Kastro shot is incredible. I mean seriously, how self-involved do you have to be to post such a picture?

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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen who was born in Cuba summed it up with her comments to People;

"I know it's cool for celebrities to go to Cuba, but the Cuban people don't experience the glamorous Havana that is featured on social media.

Far from photo shoots and fruity drinks, everyday Cubans experience a different, sad reality. Now, the Kardashians are parachuting into the island to tape their vapid TV show…

Haven't the Cuban people suffered enough?"

Haven't the rest of us suffered enough too?

We can only hope and pray that at some point, normal American people become sufficiently embarrassed by this spoiled, amoral family representing their country and stage a revolt.

Stop watching, stop buying and unfollow. It's time.

 

 

 

Canadian industrial rock band, Skinny Puppy, has sent an invoice for $666,0000 to the U.S. military for using their music to torture prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Band member, Cevin Key, says a former Gitmo guard contacted them to let the band know their music was being used, without their permission or knowledge, during interrogation of detainees at the controversial detention center.

“I think he was coming at it from the fact that he was shocked that our music was being used because although he was a guard at Guantanamo Bay, he also happened to be a fan of our music,” Key told CTV News.

“We sent them an invoice for our musical services considering they had gone ahead and used our music without our knowledge and used it as an actual weapon against somebody,” Key explained, going on to say he was “offended” that their music was being utilized to “inflict damage” on prisoners.

“I wouldn’t want to be subjected to any overly loud music for six to 12 hours at a time without a break,” he said, conceding that their music could be “a terrible nightmare” for some people, but for others, “it’s a creative artistic endeavor that plays with dark writings and dark cinema.”

Christina Milian has been spotted filming a reality show in L.A. with her good girlfriend (and Chris Brown's on-again/off-again side piece) Karrueche Tran.

No, the show isn't called Hip-Hop's Hottest Groupies; it's called Christina Milian Turned Up, and apparently it's all about Christina and her Cuban family.

"It's about my crazy life," Christina told the Latin Times. "It's about me and my Cuban family -- my mom and my sisters. The majority of us are young mothers and we are all young entrepreneurs. It's time for my sister to come out of the shadows and not just be "Christina Milian's sisters." They're beautiful girls figuring out their lives and what they want to do with themselves. This is an opportunity for people to follow them and their journey, and at the same time, also follow me and my stages of making an album. It shows me really taking over my independence and taking more control of my career."

Sounds boring. Following Christina and Karrueche around as they battle baby mama drama and try to hold onto their meal tickets would be far more interesting.

The show is currently scheduled to premiere early next year on the E! network. Hopefully Christina's new album, which has been delayed for about six years now, will also drop around the same time.

Just last week, Justin Bieber brought up Jay-Z as a prime example of how a superstar artist should handle criticism:

I don’t need to address every speculation. Remember when Cam’ron dissed Jay-Z? Jay-Z didn’t even respond. Why didn’t he respond, because he’s Jay-Z.

Well, either the US government is more intimidating that Cam'ron (possible) or Jay-Z is not Jay-Z anymore. After a week full of blog headlines about his trip to Cuba with Beyonce and the sale of his Brooklyn Nets shares, Jay's decided to strike back at his critics with a good old-fashioned diss song. In the just-released "Open Letter," the rapper's got barbs for the politicians investigating his vacation ("Politicians never did shit for me, except lie to me, distort history,") and even throws a few at his pal Barack Obama ("Obama said, 'Chill you're going to get me impeached'"), but he saves the greatest disses for Brooklyn Nets fans:

I woulda moved the Nets to Brooklyn for free

Except I made millions off you fucking dweebs

I still own the building, I'm still keeping my seats

You buy that bullshit, you better keep your receipts

Dweebs indeed!

Along with "Bow Down," "Open Letter" seems evidence of a shift in the way pop's royal couple addresses criticism. Where once Jay and Bey were content to project an image of royal remove, now they're increasingly venturing out among the rabble, searching for targets to cut down with their awesome power. Is this a display of strength, or a sign that, even for those at the top, security isn't something you can take for granted anymore?