La Rumba no va a Morir

(2005 – 2009 based on the original version)

Natividad and her small Rumberitos fight for the recognition of their Afro-Cuban culture.

With great personal initiative and wholeheartedly, Natividad keeps alive the tradition of the Calderones in the „Reparto Juanelo“ in „San Miguel del Padrón“ in Havana.

Adonis, her cousin, is part of this movement and its initiator since his childhood. Since when he was a kid, he motivated his friends and members of the family in his uncontrollable desire for Rumba and percussion culture.

In 2005, Adonis brought us to „Juanelo“ where we attended the first performance of the kids group of the current generation and filmed it.

The energy and enthusiasm of the kids fascinated us, we decided on the spot to launch a cultural beneficial project.

We are pleased that some of the kids are today active in the professional cultural scene in Cuba and internationally, studied and continue to actively live and share their culture.

Kids

Barbarito

Barbarito

Brian

Brian

Isnay

Isnay

Yadira

Yadira

Elianis

Elianis

Mayte

Mayte

Pachango

Pachango

Bombolaye

Bombolaye

Yusnavi

Yusnavi

Yosvani

Yosvani

Joselier

Joselier

Yoendry

Yoendry

Nengo

Nengo

Goya

Goya

Yailin

Yailin

Osnay

Osnay

Jordan

Jordan

Lidwin

Lidwin

Kikirito

Kikirito

Dayron

Dayron

Cundi

Cundi

Pinti

Pinti

Reina

Reina

Jesus

Jesus

Main Artists

Adonis Panter Calderón

Adonis Panter Calderón

The growing up kids witness him as an integration figure who has made a name in the cultural scene in Cuba without external assistance.

He proves that it is also possible to make the breakthrough by somebody from poor background.

Adonis gives them ...

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The growing up kids witness him as an integration figure who has made a name in the cultural scene in Cuba without external assistance.

He proves that it is also possible to make the breakthrough by somebody from poor background.

Adonis gives them a goal, but is also critical, as all do not have the talent to succeed in the everyday tough Cuban artists.

From his own generation, only a few have managed it.

Natividad Calderón Fiallo

Natividad Calderón Fiallo

Naty is a teacher and surrogate mother for many of the Kids in the „Reparto Juanelo“.

She provides them safe place outside the timetable of the schools of the state. She provides a place, where the kids can enjoy themselves and experience the cohesion in the group, and can dwell their talents and cultural ...

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Naty is a teacher and surrogate mother for many of the Kids in the „Reparto Juanelo“.

She provides them safe place outside the timetable of the schools of the state. She provides a place, where the kids can enjoy themselves and experience the cohesion in the group, and can dwell their talents and cultural dedication.

In 2005, we decided to support Naty in her aspirations and coach her in her responsible position.

Jennyselt Galata Calvo

Jennyselt Galata Calvo

Jenny studied dance and culture from the scratch at different Cuban institutions (ENA, ISA), what makes her perfect contact person and coach of Naty on professional matters.

She possesses unique extensive broad knowledge about the entire dance and music culture of Cuba. Yet she is very critical, especially when ...

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Jenny studied dance and culture from the scratch at different Cuban institutions (ENA, ISA), what makes her perfect contact person and coach of Naty on professional matters.

She possesses unique extensive broad knowledge about the entire dance and music culture of Cuba. Yet she is very critical, especially when it comes to the accuracy of practicing of the cultural expressions. Also she is a very important role model with her success for many of the kids.

Ranses Charon Hechavaria

Ranses Charon Hechavaria

Ranses grew up, together with Adonis in the „Reparto Juanelo“ and experienced, from an early age, different generations of Rumberitos, coming from the talent pool of the Calderones.

As one of the few of his generation, he chose his way into professionalism and excelled in Cuba amongst many as a soloist ...

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Ranses grew up, together with Adonis in the „Reparto Juanelo“ and experienced, from an early age, different generations of Rumberitos, coming from the talent pool of the Calderones.

As one of the few of his generation, he chose his way into professionalism and excelled in Cuba amongst many as a soloist dancer of the „Conjunto Folklórico Nacional“, with ballet „Rakatan“ and at „Yoruba Andabo“.

Now he lives in Norway together with his brother Brian from where he passes on his culture.

Crew

Christian Liebich

Christian Liebich

Direction (New Version) / Producer / Executive Producer / Distributor / Writer / Camera / Co-Projectlead / Editor / Story Developer / Location Manager / Cast / Art Director

From the very beginning, Christian took care of all technical issues that arise in connection with the implementation of a documentary.

During hours of working, he transferred immense amounts of footage from videotapes ...

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From the very beginning, Christian took care of all technical issues that arise in connection with the implementation of a documentary.

During hours of working, he transferred immense amounts of footage from videotapes to the computer and selected the relevant sequences and synchronized the material of the two independent cameras.

Together with Adonis and Virna, he developed the ideas and stories for the project and the documentary movie.

Adonis Panter Calderón

Adonis Panter Calderón

Script Supervisor / Artistical Director / Performance Supervisor / Lead Actor / Cast

Adonis introduced us to the „Reparto Juanelo“ in 2005 and since this moment he was an integration person for the project besides his function as an actor.

He worked in close cooperation with Naty and established the connection from ...

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Adonis introduced us to the „Reparto Juanelo“ in 2005 and since this moment he was an integration person for the project besides his function as an actor.

He worked in close cooperation with Naty and established the connection from the outside-quarters at the professional cultural scene in Havana.

In countless recordings he accompanies the kids group, plays, sings and dances at many presentation and promotes the talented kids in Cuba.

Virna Talarico

Virna Talarico

(Originale Version 2007) | Co-Direction / Co-Production / Camera / Writer / Editor / Story Developer / Co-Projectlead / Location Manager / Cast

Since the beginning of the project in 2005, Virna took great commitment on the support of the kids group, shot massive footage of events, interviews and sample lessons and developed the story for the original version, which was produced on DVD ...

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Since the beginning of the project in 2005, Virna took great commitment on the support of the kids group, shot massive footage of events, interviews and sample lessons and developed the story for the original version, which was produced on DVD in 2007.

Until 2009 she kept shooting together with Christian. The captured material is used for the first time in the new version of the documentary, presenting the project until 2009 in its entire beauty.

She was very much responsible for the complete success of the premier, screening the original version at „Volkshaus Zürich“ in 2007 in front of 350 persons.

Groups

Echú Alabbony

Echú Alabbony

The fascinating small Rumberitos of the group “Echú Alabbony” under the direction of Natividad Calderón Fiallo present themselves with infantile professionalism and an irresistible charm. Together with Adonis, Jenny and Ranses they are trained by professionals besides uncountable lessons with Naty.

With the adolescence of kids and the positive progress of the project LA RUMBA NO VA A MORIR, the older kids started teaching the smaller ones. They gain experience on teaching groups besides the accumulated experience ...

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The fascinating small Rumberitos of the group “Echú Alabbony” under the direction of Natividad Calderón Fiallo present themselves with infantile professionalism and an irresistible charm. Together with Adonis, Jenny and Ranses they are trained by professionals besides uncountable lessons with Naty.

With the adolescence of kids and the positive progress of the project LA RUMBA NO VA A MORIR, the older kids started teaching the smaller ones. They gain experience on teaching groups besides the accumulated experience on stage, which will help them later during life.

We were allowed to accompany the group over 4 years and filmed uncountable concerts and presentations.

We succeeded in inspiring the public with charity campaigns, film events and the sale of the original version of this documentary in Switzerland.

Yoruba Andabo

Yoruba Andabo

The Group „Yoruba Andabo“ emerged during the 60’s from a group of dockworkers.  Under the leadership of Pancho Quinto, they appeared at religious ceremonies and integrated later to form the group. Since then the group „Yoruba Andabo“ characterizes the Rumba scene in Havana.

The group under the leadership of Giovanni del Pino is committed to make Rumba hip also for the boys in Havana, which previously attracted mostly an older public.

Through Adonis as musical ...

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The Group „Yoruba Andabo“ emerged during the 60’s from a group of dockworkers.  Under the leadership of Pancho Quinto, they appeared at religious ceremonies and integrated later to form the group. Since then the group „Yoruba Andabo“ characterizes the Rumba scene in Havana.

The group under the leadership of Giovanni del Pino is committed to make Rumba hip also for the boys in Havana, which previously attracted mostly an older public.

Through Adonis as musical director of the group a connection between the professional cultural scene in Havana and the kids project was established. The management of the group made a cultural patronage of the kids group possible. They appeared at different concerts of “Yoruba Andabo” as support band. For the kids from the outskirts of Havana, it is very important to have idols and they find it in Adonis, Jenny and Ranses and their group “Yoruba Andabo”.

Events / Screenings

  • Herencia Africana @ Volkshaus Zürich

In spring 2006, Attic Independent Production performed for the first time screened visuals about the kids project and collected funds in charity campaigns for the socio cultural kids project LA RUMBA NO VA A MORIR.

In December 2007, Attic Independent Production presented the documentary about the project at Volkshaus Zürich, sold DVD’s of the film and further collected funds in charity campaigns for the kids project. The project was managed by Virna and Christian as well as by Adonis on location.

In 2008, Attic Independent Production presented a further preview called HERENCIA AFRICANA of the next big documentary called THE BLACK ROOTS OF SALSA at Volkshaus Zürich directing the focus to high level artists of the cultural scene in Cuba, mixed with recordings of the kids Group, targeting a creation, representing the cultural good in a profound manner and for international access. 

Shootings

  • Echú Alabbony - Ensayo Juanelo
  • Echú Alabbony - Evento Juanelo
  • Echú Alabbony - Yemaya Evento Juanelo
  • Echú Alabbony - Evento Juanelo
  • Echú Alabbony - Entrevista
  • Echú Alabbony - Kids
  • Echú Alabbony - Ensayo Juanelo Ranses
  • Echú Alabbony - Festival de la Rumba en Guaguanacoa

The shooting of LA RUMBA NO VA A MORIR took place between 2005 and 2009 in Cuba.

Christian Liebich and Virna Talarico filmed uncountable events, lessons and interviews with Naty and her talented Rumberitos.

The shooting impresses with their great proximity to the protagonists and the authentic environment, showing the difficult living in the outskirts of a big city like Havana.

After presenting the documentary film about the project in 2007, we kept shooting until 2009. A big part of the captured material was never published.