Yes, Cuban music is famous all over the world. Everybody knows at least the Buena Vista Social Club.
But Cuban music is not just Salsa and Son or Reaggeton. There is much more and especially young Cubans experiment a lot and make mix different styles and influences to create a unique musical environment. There is Cuban Rap, Indie Rock, Reggae, Punk, Metal and also electronic music.
In Havana you can see concerts from different groups and styles in many places like the Fabrica de Arte Cubano or the Diablo Tun Tun (Calle 35, esquina 20, Playa) and the Corner Café, or Clubs like the Berthold Brecht (Calle 13 e/I y J, Vedado) or the Submarino Amarillo close to the John Lennon Park .
In those places, you can discover more Cuban music and see live concerts for just a small fee or even no entrance prices. You can enjoy Jazz, Indie and other types of music that you might not have expected on the Island.
Here are just some artists and songs that you should have heard of:
The artist who also started the F.A.C in Havana grew up in a very musical environment and mixes a lot of styles and influences. He has a lot of songs about the Cuban lifestyle and everyday life. He got popular, also internationally, by making the soundtrack to the Spanish movie: Habana Blues.
Check it out:
Buena Fe is really popular on the island. They have nice and interesting lyrics and catchy songs, also they do great live concerts. They form part of current Cuban culture so if you have a chance to see them while you there, do so!
They also have quite creative video clips, check them out:
Wichy De Vedado
My next tip is a Cuban DJ, who named himself after a neighborhood in Havana. He produces and mixes his music in his home in the Vedado and does a really good job with it!
check it out:
Another good Cuban Dj. You could also expect him to play in a Club in Berlin or elsewhere in Europe.
Telmary does Hip Hop mixed with Cuban rhythms and Cuban topics. Her music is for listening and for dancing. She gives great concerts and you should also have heard of her or take the chance to see her live!
Sweet Lizzy Project
Sweet Lizzy Project is a young indie band. They sound like an indie folk band from Norway or Sweden, but they are from Cuba and they rock!
don’t miss them:
So check these artists out and be surprised by the variety of Cuban music. Soon there will be more about Cuban music here…
There is a lot of art and interesting projects in Havana. Some of them combine the artist’s work with social projects that benefit their neighborhoods and the people living there. One of those projects is the “Museo Orgánico Romerillo” opened by the artist Alexis Leiva Machado (K’cho), from the Isle of Youth. K’cho studied art in the close by ISA and was one of the youngest Latin American artists to exhibit his work in museums like the MoMA in New York. In 2014 he opened the Romerillo in 2014 as part of the 12th Bienal in Havana. It’s an interesting place combining art, learning and social projects.
K’cho started an exhibition with Google this year is offering free Wifi to anybody. In the Studio, there are several art students working and there are also given time and space to create their own work with the equipment of the studio.
They know a lot about the place and K’chos work and are happy to give you a tour around the Romerillo to see his work and the work of artists that participate in the project.
The Romerillo is close to the ISA (art school) and the Paradero de Playa in the neighborhood Playa in Havana.
Check http://www.kchoestudio.com for more information and to keep updated about current projects.
If you have time in Havana make a visit to the studio, you won’t regret it!
The Ojo del Ciclon (Eye of The Hurricane) is a unique space in Habana Vieja, that is worth a visit or more. The Gallery, Studio, and Place to hang out and meet people, is located in Habana Vieja, just one street from the main shopping and touristic street Obispo. But inside you feel like being in a completely different world. Surrounded by art and music or voice recording, that creates a special environment. In the Ojo del Ciclon Leo D’Lazaro, the artist works and created a cultural and welcoming spot in Havana. His paintings, collages, and sculptures are unique and full of Ideas. His work is inspired by what surrounds him, his friends, his family and everyday life. In paintings and collages, he works with colors lice ocher or sepia and puts painting and photos together.
His sculptures are often made out of recycled materials and have some kind and purpose.
One of them is a table football, he created, that actually is used by the friends and visitors of the gallery. They also do parties and activities there. Every Wednesday, for example, you could be part of their private Tango lessons and Milonga. They also exhibit Art of other Cuban artists and are happy to tell you everything about it!
So include a visit, you won’t regret it!
The Adress: O’Reilly No. 501 Esq. Villegas, Habana Vieja
María Teresa González or Maytego is a self-thought artist from Havana that works mainly with linoleum printing.
In her work, she expresses feminism, Cuban culture, and Afro-Cuban culture and portraits her view of the city of Havana. Her paintings are diverse and interesting and any one of them is unique and has a story to tell.
Because of the difficulties to get raw materials in Cuba, Maytego makes the paper for her work out of recycled newspapers and anything else that could be useful.
She did personal and collective exhibitions in Cuba and all over the world. She participated, for example in exhibitions in the USA, Mexico, Spain, Great Britain and many other countries.
But never lost touch with her culture and city of Havana. Maytegos painting of Havana give us a different perspective but still let us see the magic of the city and her typical characteristics.
Currently, she is working from her home in Old Havana. Maytego is friendly and open and keen to explain her work and the story behind each painting. Her work won prices awards in Cuba and other countries. She also participated in book illustrations and other publications.
If you want to take a unique piece of art home from Cuba you should have a look at Maytegos pieces and get to know her. She is giving her art a piece of her soul.
If you want to get in touch with the artist you can contact her through:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com