Let's talk Latin America

Cuba

The wonder of Dulce de leche

                                  BristoLatino’s food editor Naomi Myerson takes us to a sweet-toothed paradise. In 2013 my older sister married a Uruguayan, a union that has been pretty fab in numerous ways but with one significant perk worthy of a mention: […]

From Nigeria to Cuba and beyond with Ibeyi

Ibeyi are a sister duo that channel the musical heritage of Cuba back to its Yoruban roots. Their West-African folk and Caribbean influences are meshed with contemporary sound, creating something decidedly special. Helen Brown heard them live. It is fair to say that Ibeyi are descended from musical royalty. Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz are the […]

Film focus: El Ritual

“El skate es mi avion, la calle mi filosofía, mi refugio/ the skateboard is my aeroplane, the street my philosophy, my refuge” It’s Havana as seen on skateboard. As part of the new ‘Skater’s Paradise’ season for video channel Nowness, Ivan Olita has directed a short, El Ritual, that follows Havana resident Yojani Perez Rivera on his daily […]

¡Adiós Buena Vista!

Claudia Posada-Fawcett was fortunate enough to attend legendary Cuban musical group Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club’s farewell tour. She recounts her highlights, and tells us why she thinks the reach of Cuban music will only widen. Whilst enjoying some pre-concert sushi in Cloudy Bay, one of the Royal Albert Hall’s restaurants, I had the thrill of overhearing the spectacular […]

What next in a Cuba of contradictions?

As Raúl Castro’s government announces new policy changes, many are wondering if the authorities are finally loosening their grip and what this means for the future. A trip to Havana for joint Editor-in-Chief Sophie Wall revealed the reality in the streets, which defied preconceptions and easy classification. The recent flurry of news reports about potentially groundbreaking […]

The foreigner’s fantasy

 In a recent BristoLatino article, Maeve Ryan expressed a hope that younger generations of Peruvians could be encouraged to wear traditional dress, preserving a rare and idyllic landscape known to the world for centuries. Is it just, however, to expect a society to curb its cultural development to the constraints of touristic value? Bristolatino’s joint editor-in-chief […]

Viva la revolución?

Bristolatino’s Politics editor Kwame Lowe discusses the political legacies of a generation of world leaders, including Cuba’s communist revolutionary Fidel Castro It has been almost impossible to ignore the recent news of Margaret Thatcher’s death, and given that she could reasonably be called the most controversial politician in modern British history, reactions have been expectedly mixed. […]

Why you should listen to ‘Nací Orishas’

Bristolatino joint editor-in-chief Rosanna West gives us Orishas, a musical trio that changed the face of Cuban hip hop. Two-time Grammy award winning Orishas, a trio of Paris-based Cubans, have dominated the Cuban hip hop scene since their 1999 debut. Their reputation rests on their creation of a truly new and exciting sound, which combines both old […]