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Manana//Cuba: A Night of Afro-Cuban Collaborations

26 May 2017



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 Aché Meyi and 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 by Plaid and Soundspecies with Obbatuké and Aché Meyi, check these three short films, or learn more about Manana 2018 and new releases at

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Watch video of interviews with Cuban performers here

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Barbican Hall, London

Silk Street, London

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