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Magazine AM: PM no. 0

Thousands of new music magazines come out every year, but statistics show that only one out of every ten survive. With such a gloomy outlook, why try to start another magazine in Cuba, where, along with the economic problems, one must deal with (sometimes impassable) bureaucratic obstacles?

For the Magazine AM:PM team Magazine AM:PM —un grupo de amigxs y melómanxs irreductibles— la respuesta a esa pregunta tiene tanto de sentido práctico como ético. La música es una de las expresiones más fuertes de la cultura en Cuba, pero esa intensa musicalidad nuestra no es correspondida por los medios de comunicación, sobre todo en lo que a crítica y periodismo musical se refiere.

Phenomena such as growing public access to computers and mobile devices, the development of informal content distribution services such as El Paquete, album and information sales via USB, and more widespread, cheaper email and Internet services have revitalized the whole media panorama in the last five years. Moreover, the range of media is progressively expanding, with new publications of all types and approaches appearing alongside traditional ones, including magazines about show business, news, and music listings.

Sin embargo, nos sigue faltando una revista dedicada completamente a la música popular cubana. Y es desde esa carencia sensible que advertimos una oportunidad. Magazine AM:PM servirá para hablar sobre música, y también para abordar con calidad las actitudes y sucesos que la música propicia en la realidad de lxs cubanxs.

Maybe some will notice a similarity between our name and the event that hosted the Cuban Art Factory for three years in June. The coincidence is not fortuitous. Magazine AM:PM is a consequence of those sleepless nights; like that one, it intends to attend and create bridges of contact with the sounds of the region and explore all the possible edges of music, understanding it as a set of aesthetic, creative, industrial and institutional processes.

Of course, this adventure goes beyond our efforts. The rhythm that will get this body moving includes the contributions of artists, in the first place, and those of a whole family of colleagues who are honorably trying to do music journalism today, in and outside of Cuba. We are also extremely fortunate to have the graphic collaboration of 10K and the group Nocturnal, integrated by five vanguard graphic designers. They will be responsible for our image on the web, and also for a PDF that we will periodically product so that our content can be passed around to the greatest number of people possible.

We did not appear out of nowhere; we are the children of the best traditions in music journalism, and in honor of that, we begin this issue with a brief look back at Cuban music publications that came before us.

This is where we’ll be, then, with our headphones on, day and night.

In this edition:

  • Reguetón, el nuevo pop (artículo) — Rafa G. Escalona
  • Autogestión en Cuba. Experiencias de cuatro sellos colectivos: Bandera Studio, Guámpara Music, La Oficina Secreta y Abstraction (artículo) — Carla Mesa Rojas
  • ¿Por qué trabajar con una Multi-Channel Network (MCN) podría ser una buena opción? (artículo) — Javier Montenegro Naranjo
  • Alain Pérez: la música es experimentación continua (entrevista) — Lourdes G. Bereau
  • Si tocan a la puerta, abre Ray – El Diablo Tun Tún (Desmontando la noche) — Diana Ferreiro
  • Fotógrafos cubanos comparten sus mejores disparos del 2017 (galería) — Varios Autores
  • Cronología (no exhaustiva) sobre periodismo musical en Cuba (infografía) — Joaquín Borges-Triana, Darsi Fernández, Marcel Lueiro, Humberto Manduley y Virginia Carvajal
  • La música entre Cuba y Estados Unidos en el 2017 (Consultorio musical) — Darsi Fernández
  • Descarga  — Telmary
  • Memoria y justicia poética (reseña) —Pedro de la Hoz
  • Viaje al rap profundo (reseña) — Marcel Lueiro
  • Discos de música preferidos por la crítica (lista) — Varios Autores
  • Las islas del metal (reseña) — Miriela Fernández
  • Las canciones cubanas favoritas de Eduardo Cabra (playlist) — Eduardo Cabra
  • Detrás de la conga – poema bailable (Literatura feat. Música) — Mane Ferret
  • El consumo y el mercado de la música en 2017 (infografía) — Magazine AM:PM
  • El consumo y el mercado de la música en 2017 (infografía) — Magazine AM:PM
  • ¿Cómo ser un DJ profesional en Cuba? (consultorio musical) — Darsi Fernández
  • Yosvany Terry (Selección de Maestros) — Marcel Lueiro

In addition they collaborated:

Guido Adler / Rafael Berlanga / Mayo Bous / Alejandro Calero / Juanito Camacho / Abel Carmenate / Laura D. Milán / Kako Escalona / Yansert Fraga / Emir García Meralla / Gabriel G. Bianchini / Michelle Hollands (Nocturnal) / Kaloian / Alba León / Larisa López / Agapito Martínez / Micromundo / Mola (Nocturnal) / Giselle Monzón (Nocturnal) / Miri Páez / Nelson Ponce / (Nocturnal) / Olivia Prendes / Rogelio Ramos / Raupa (Nocturnal) / Juan Carlos «Papo» Sánchez / Iván Soca / Carmen Souto / Jorge Luis Toledo

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  1. Danny Heaps says:

    Good luck to you all- kisses

  2. Xuchitl Vazquez Pallares Zamacona says:

    I thank you for your effort for the recovery and preservation of music, art that humanizes us and develops our soul.
    Congratulations, I wish you a long life and countless successes and joys.
    From Morelua Muchoacan, a Mexican woman who loves Cuba dearly
    Xuchitl Vazquez Pallares

  3. Yindra A says:

    Congratulations !!!
    Enhorabueba dear colleague Rafa Gonzalez always imnovando. Hugs of Yindra Ayube.

  4. adita says:

    Congratulations Darsita and Rafa for this happy and necessary initiative 😉
    Undoubtedly, it will be a resilient magazine
    From Liquid Circuit all our support

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