While Cuba exists, Bola de Nieve will exist
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- Editorial Articles
- 09 / 12 / 2011
By: Susana Méndez. CUBARTE | 11 de Septiembre 2011. A wide program of cultural and artistic actions will take place to celebrate the Hundred years of Ignacio Villa, Bola de Nieve. The program has been designed by the Association of of Cuban Artists and Writers (UNEAC, after its initials in Spanish). Therefore, it was held a meeting with the press, chaired over by the president of the institution Miguel Barnet.
In the meeting were also present Guido López Gavilán, president of the music section of UNEAC, Nisia Agüero, famous cultural promoter, Heriberto Feraudy representative of the Aponte Commission and the pianist Nelson Camacho, who for many years have played the music of Ignacio Villa.
Two very special guests chaired over the venue, they were Raquel Villa, sister of Bola de Nieves and maestro Luis Carbonell, about whom Barnet said “it is a great privileged to have here somebody who is at the height of the best poetry performers in Spanish language”.
Further on in his speech, Barnet declared: “I’m very close to Ignacio Villa due to his music, due to his character, his geniality and his ingenuity. His «de manguero» voice, as he said, captivated the whole world, because he was not only an artist loved by the Latin America public, but he also made presentations in China and the whole of Europe. He had an extraordinary artistic career”.
This tribute is of great importance for all Cubans, we could not let it happen unnoticed, not only the hundred years, but none of the important dates of the artistic life of this artist who was for many years, I would say more than 40, together with Alicia Alonso, the most recognized Cuban artistic figure.
Maestro Guido Lopez Gavilan considered that there are only a few artists, not only in Cuban music, but in the intellectual creative world, that have the height of Bola de Nieve; “I think he goes beyond music to enter in the art field. There are a hundred years and we know they will continue, while there is Cuba there will be Bola de Nieve, because that is just what he managed to de, be Cuba”, stated the famous musician.
Poem Oriki, which in yoruba language means song or praise was masterly recited during this celebration by Luis Carbonell; this lyric composition was written by Miguel Barnet and is dedicated to Bola de Nieve.
Nisia Agüero, organizer of this commemorative event, explained the remembering program, which will start next 10 of September, with the presentation at the America Theatre of the musical show Monseñor Bola, by the Héctor Quintero Theatre Company, under the direction of Anita Molinet.
On the 11 of September, Nelson Camacho organized at the theatre of the Fine Arts Museum, a concert with a group of guests.
The exhibition Bola in memoriam, made by the plastic artist Santos Toledo will be opened on the 12 of September at 4pm, at the UNEAC (Spanish initials for National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists) Villena Hall. Later on, in the same venue, will be held a colloquium, which will be carried out by Marta Valdés, Pedro de la Hoz, Oscar Oramas and José Reyes Fortún; Cary Diez, the vice president of the institution, will be the host of the event.
The concert Canciones de Bola (Songs of Bola), with the participation of Omara Portuondo, Luis Carbonell, Nelson Camacho and several soloists from the Mariana de Gonich academy. will be held in the same venue on the 15 of September, at 4pm.
Multi screen Infanta cinema will show the 20th of September the audiovisual materials Yo soy la canción que canto, by Mayra Vilasís, Viva papi by Juan Padrón and Chivo que rompe tambó by Toni Nodarse.
Other documentaries will be present on the 22nd of September, also at the Villena hall of UNEAC, while on the 29 of the same month is the premiere of the play Tú no sospechas, by the Dance – Theatre group Retazos, at the Las Carolinas theater.
On the 3rd of October will be launched at the UNEAC the book Bola written by Ramón Fajardo. The launch will be also at 4pm.
Ignacio Villa died the 2nd of October 1971 in Mexico City and was buried the 5 of October at the Guanabacoa cemetery. In the 40th anniversary of his death will be a pilgrimage to his tomb at 10am. In that same event Miguel Barnet will said son remembering words, of Bola who was one of the most authentic Cuban artists.
Translation: Rodney Lopez (Cubarte)