The Sound of Jazz in Havana

By Alexander Britell HAVANA — If you’re wondering where the background is, you won’t find it. Because it’s you. The jazz singer’s voice is muted by the mic, slowly rising with the bass and the keyboard. She is looking at the small crowd, but not singing for them. She is just singing. Because in Havana, … Read more

Blue Diamond Adds Another All-Inclusive in Cuba

Blue Diamond Adds Another All-Inclusive in Cuba

By Dana Niland Cuba Journal Contributor Blue Diamond Resorts has announced the addition of Aguas Azules to its portfolio of all-inclusive Cuba resorts. Located just 45 minutes from Varadero Airport and 15 minutes from downtown, Aguas Azules occupies a stretch of Varadero’s famous beachfront, and features lush tropical gardens and scenic views incorporated into its … Read more

British Singer Sting Is Latest Musician Planning Cuba Event

Dominic Miller, Sting’s Argentinian guitarist since 1991, revealed t0 Cubadebate.cu that the famous singer wants to get to Cuba before Mick Jagger’s rumored March concert. Miller, who was visiting the island nation as part of Cuba’s British Cultural Week, gave a press conference at Cuban Art Factory (FAC). Miller also perf0rmed in concert at FAC as … Read more

Images of Havana Under Construction

Images of Havana Under Construction

by Simons Chase

Anticipation in Havana has been building for years as US President Obama has steadily re-built a relationship with Cuba.  At the same time, Raul Castro, who took over as President of Cuba after his brother Fidel retired in 2008, has loosened restrictions for real estate trading by expanding permitted transfers to include outright sales.  Previously, transfers were permitted only in the case of cashless exchanges.

The US-Cuba relationship building has translated into a small but promising real estate building and reconstruction boom fueled by Cuban-American cash and domestic demand for housing.

These images were captured in Old Havana and surrounding neighborhoods including Vedado.