Manana Festival Fuses Afro-Cuban and Electronic Music – Telekom Electronic Beats

Manana Festival Fuses Afro-Cuban and Electronic Music

Manana Festival in Santiago pairs some of your favorite electronic musicians for unique collaborations with local Afro-Cuban musicians.

The restoration of political relations between America and Cuba in 2015 has already allowed for cultural exchange. Last weekend Diplo and Major Lazer performed for free at the newly-reopened American embassy in Havana, and this spring Santiago de Cuba will host the electronic and Afro-Cuban fusion festival Manana. The initiative encourages creative fusion between Cuban and international artists by pairing musicians from Santiago and the surrounding provinces with foreign guests to collaborate on original performances that premiere at its events from May 4-6, some of which you can read about in the guide below. In addition to music, Manana will host lectures and workshops in conjunction with Ableton and the NYU Music + Social Change Lab. “For us,” founder Harry Follett told us, “Manana is as much about creating an ongoing musical legacy as it is about the party.”