The International Festival Fiesta del Tambor Guillermo Barreto in Memoriam to be celebrated in Havana from March 4 to 10, includes international percussion competitions and Casino and Rumba dances, having as main seats Teatro Mella y sus Jardínes, Salón Rosado de la Tropical, Casa de la Cultura de Plaza and Hotel Palco, among other spaces.

The venue will host main Cuban popular dancing music orchestras and foreign guests, as well as some outstanding dance companies, jazz and folkloric groups. Master percussion and dance classes, customized individual or group classes and visits to cultural sites are also part of the many activities of this event.

Prominent musician Giraldo Piloto, director of Klimax and main host of the Fiesta announced as essential reasons: the 500th anniversary of Havana and the strong bonding between Cuba and Spain. This dedication is the result of the great success of the 2018 venue with Brazil as guest country, enabling a closer look at Brazilian culture and allowing a strengthening of relations between musicians of both countries, thus creating a new framework for artistic collaboration.

Spanish presence due to a strong flamenco signature, including its percussion, dance and the mix with the cantes de ida y vuelta or palos between both cultures, arises great expectation. Spanish musicians of such standing as Diego el Cigala, Ketama, Falete, José Montaña and Laura de los Ángeles intending to travel to the Island, will share the stage with local groups as Los Van Van and Havana D´Primera, Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, Pupy y los que Son Son, Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor, El Niño y la Verdad, Brenda Navarrete, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Timbalaye and Yoruba Andabo, as well as United States and Canadian performers.

Also from March 21 to 23, the Havana World Music Festival celebrates its sixth edition in its traditional Parque Metropolitano de la Havana seat, also known as Parque Almendares. After a record public assistance marked by the return of the trio Orishas to the Cuban stage, the venue hosted by the Instituto Cubano de la Música and the Centro Nacional de la Música Popular brings to the Capital its particular  fusion of traditional rhythms and the musical vanguard. Eme Alfonso, artistic director of the festival shares the event will go deeper into our identity allowing an enjoyment of diverse styles, languages and cultures.

As always, the new sonorities of well-known musicians and others coming for the first time to the Island will be a dazzling experience to participants. Besides artists from Brazil, Canada and India, national performers include Erick Iglesias, better known as Cimafunk – a present musical phenomenon – as well as Ariel Roig, R.O.I, the Nengón and Kiribá rhythms’ group directly from Baracoa and the legendary Muñequitos de Matanzas.

The competition of young Cuban music performers is one of the main projects returning with this new edition of Havana World Music. According to Eme Alfonso “we take great pride in contributing to make visible the energy, originality and quality of young Cuban musicians, especially when Havana World Music increasingly wins international recognition”.

By: Dianik Flores Martínez