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Manana Cuba Takeover

09 Nov 2015, 19:00 - 22:00 GMT

We're lending a helping hand to our friends at Manana Cuba who are staging the Island's first Afro-Cuban & electronic music festival in May 2016. They have already secured an incredible lineup that showcases some of the legends of Santiago's historic Folkloric music scene, alongside pioneers of the UK music community like Plaid, Mala, Sofrito & Soundway. They will also be joined by electronic acts from the US, Mexico, Puerto Rico & Iran - check out their 1st lineup release here. There are 350 tickets left on Kickstarter, and as a not-for-profit organisation they need your help to make this grass roots festival a reality. Pledge your support here and make history.

Cuba's rich musical heritage is one of the countries most famous attributes. Born from a vast mix of cultures all present on the Caribbean island, fusion has always played a huge role in forming what we now recognise as modern Cuban music. Manana is a collaboration between electronic producers and Cuban musicians that will take place in the island's musical Mecca of Santiago de Cuba. The festival is designed to leave a strong legacy, and as well as live events in some of the city's finest venues, they will also be staging workshops on various aspects of electronic music production and granting festival goers access to intimate courtyards, house parties and street processions.

To help them raise awareness for their Kickstarter campaign, we're broadcasting live from Boiler Room HQ with a mix of traditional Cuban and contemporary electronic talent. Manana's own Director of Sound Pouya Ehsaei will be collaborating with figureheads of the London Cuban music community Yelfris Valdes, Oreste Noda & Latin Grammy award winner Hammadi Recurrell Valdes to demonstrate some of the possibilities achievable from the traditional/electronic hybrid. We will also be joined by London's Phrased (L.B Produce) for a live performance incorporating rare Cuban field recordings into their trademark sound. Finally, the mighty Sofrito will be making their first proper Boiler Room appearance in the form of label heads Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis.
As it's an independent project, Manana need your help to ensure the festival delivers to the highest standard possible, head here to support them by snapping up the last remaining festival tickets, as well as exclusive vinyl, digital downloads and other merchandise. It's going to be special.