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Latino Daily News

Monday November 14, 2011

Singer Silvio Rodriguez Returns to his Cuban Roots

Singer Silvio Rodriguez Returns to his Cuban Roots

Photo: Latin American legend, Silvio Rodriguez and Cuban president Fidel Castro

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Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez will appear on Dec. 10 at the National Fine Arts Museum in Havana where he gave his first concert 44 years ago, state media reported.

Rodriguez’s performance is on the program of activities organized by that institution to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its reopening, museum director Moraima Clavijo said.

From the beginning officials thought of inviting the artist, one of the founders of Cuba’s “Nueva Trova” style of music, “since it’s the place where the writer of ‘Te Doy una Cancion’ (I Give You a Song) staged his first show,” Clavijo said.

On July 12, 1967, Rodriguez appeared in the auditorium of the building devoted to Cuban art, but the upcoming concert will be held in the patio to allow more people to attend,” Clavijo said.

Rodriguez is currently on a concert tour of Argentina and Uruguay presenting songs from his latest album, “Segunda Cita” (Second Date), released in 2009, as well as signature tunes from his repertoire such as “Oleo de una Mujer con Sombrero” (Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Hat), “Ojala” (I Hope So) and “La Maza” (The Drumstick).

Upon his return he has a concert scheduled for Dec. 4 in his hometown, the Havana district of San Antonio de los Baños, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the International School of Cinema and Television, or EICTV, which is based there, according to spokespersons at the Ojala Recording Studios founded by the artist.

In recent years he has given a series of recitals in neighborhoods around Havana and other cities across the country, and in several prisons as well.

In his almost 50 years as an entertainer, the 64-year-old singer-songwriter has composed hundreds of songs plus music tracks for films and has published more than 20 discs.