One year on from the groundbreaking Manana//Cuba Festival in Santiago de Cuba - a project that brought together pioneering electronic artists with traditional Afro-Cuban musicians - four of the most inspiring collaborations come to the UK for the first time.
Eastern-Cuban folkloric masters Obbatuké showcase their original collaborations with Plaid and Soundspecies, while crafting a world premiere performance alongside DJ Tennis and trumpet virtuoso, Yelfris Valdes. They will be joined by Cuban/Iranian breakthrough act, Ariwo, who focus on the rich intersection between electronic and Afro-Cuban music. Support comes from MC, poet and Manana co-founder, Alayo and the roots flavours of Racubah Sound System.
Manana//Cuba is a festival and record label that connects the electronic music community to masters of Afro-Cuban folkloric tradition. The project is built around the belief that Cuba’s powerful blend of rhythm and culture will enrich the electronic music community, while giving local musicians a platform to connect with international audiences, incorporate technology and take their musical development in new directions.
'After Bembé's frantic syncopations, the slower, weightier groove hits like a wrecking ball. within five minutes people are clambering onto the stage for more space to dance' Resident Advisor
To get a taste of Manana 2016 and the original collaborations with Plaid, Soundspecies, Obbatuké and Ariwo, check out these short films, or learn more about Manana 2018 and new releases at mananacuba.com.