WPAA Receives Government Grants for Cubianism Program



HOXIE – Local live music fans have the opportunity to experience the upbeat fusion of one of our neighboring countries at 3 p.m. CDT on Sunday, April 24 at the Hoxie High School Auditorium. Cubanisms traces the evolution of Cuban music from its African origins to all its modern forms.

Admission is by Western Plains Arts Association season pass or adults $10 and students $5 at the door.

This project is generously funded by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Additionally, Season Grants from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Logan, make Cubianisms possible.

With public funding, the WPAA is offering a free Cubanisms educational outreach activity at 1:30 p.m. CDT on April 24, also in the auditorium at Hoxie High School. This is open to anyone interested and will provide information about the band and its music.

The Kansas City group was founded in 2016 by Michael McClintock. His music is a fusion mixing the “Cuban Tres” (native instrument of Cuba) with some sparks of salsa, jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms. It reflects the richness resulting from the experience of its members and its Anglo-Saxon, Mexican and Brazilian roots. Its diversity is also reflected in its repertoire where three languages ​​are included: Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Acento Cubano (2017) and Trilingual (2019) are a compilation of classic songs, arranged by McClintock. His desire was to bring a modern touch with the fusion that comes from his inspiration of Cuban Tres and his background in jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban studies. Both albums received great compliments in Cuba, Colombia and the United States of America.

Cubanisms received three nominations in 2018 and 2019, by The Pitch community and KC: best local band, best musician (Michael McClintock) and best singer (Fedra Cooper, 2018) and (Bruno Bessa 2019)

Michael McClintock has been invited two years in a row to perform at the Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana, Cuba. The invitation was launched in 2019 for Cubanisms. The group had the chance to perform within the framework of the Festival in two of the most important places of the island “Fabrica de Arte Cubano” and “Centro Cultural Bertolt Brecht”.

Visit www.cubanismsband.com for complete information on the band’s albums and quality photos and videos.


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