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Fidel Castro’s Death Sparks Jazz Pianist To Continue His Music Education Legacy


Fidel Castro, the former Cuban president, recently died at the age of 90 years old. He has his negative impression on the media and the world but some consider him to have left a positive legacy.

Fidel Castro's plans on music education is something jazz musician Harold Lopez-Nussa hopes to see continued. For years, he has seen exchanges between Cuban and American musicians. And this approach, according to the jazz artist, will be better for everyone, cites NPR.

Lopez-Nussa is known for his jazz style and classical training. Many describe him to have a level of training that is difficult to achieve anywhere else. It is all because of Fidel Castro's plan on music education.

The 1959 Cuban Revolution opened up investments on music education. Culture was a priority to the Cuban government. Lopez-Nussa has been trained since he was 8 years old. According to the publication, Cuban musicians are influenced by family, conservatory, street and religion streams.

With Lopez-Nussa's type of background, he plans to follow the career path of the great Ernesto Lecuona, a Cuban pianist, Frank Emilio Flynn and Chucho Valdes. And all of these were possible because of the emphasis on American and Cuban music relationships.

The jazz artist hopes to see American musicians play in Cuba. In the same manner, he wants to see more Cuban musicians play in the United States. He points at the Obama administration for making the improved relations of both countries possible.

Currently, President-elect Donald Trump is currently gathering and meeting with different authorities in their respective fields for his soon to be cabinet, and administration. He has currently chosen Betsy DeVos as his nominee for Education Secretary. However, not many are receptive to his decision.

It is not clear if President-elect Donald Trump is going to continue this type of relationship between Cuba and the United States. But Lopez-Nussa hopes to see this as a constant in the new and upcoming administration.

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