Dr. Mario Masvidal has hosted a weekly radio show for 12 years, and published various articles and essays on Cuban media and music during the last seven years.
In this interview he speaks about the present situation concerning music censorship in Cuba – as it appeared by the end of 2006.
Professor Dr. Mario Masvidal and Professor Ariana Hernandez-Reguant presented the session ‘Cuban Alternative Sounds… and Silences’ at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, in November 2006.
Mario Masvidal Saavedra was born in Cuba in 1953. He graduated from University of Havana in 1974, and up til 1992, he worked as professor at the university. From 1992 til present day, Professor of Linguistics, Communication Theory, and Semiotics, at the Higher Institute of Arts of Havana. He has lectured in the USSR, Canada, Spain, and Mexico from 1990 to 2004. Has hosted a musical tv show during the past four years.
The video interview was recorded by Mik Aidt assisted by Gaëlle Gauthier-Brown on 24 November 2006. The recording of the session at the conference was recorded by Antenna on 25 November 2006. Signature music: Jason Carter recorded live at the conference.
International Herald Tribune – 20 December 2006: