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.