Cuban Hip Hop Festival Opens in Havana

(Prensa Latina)
Havana, Cuba – The 10th Habana Hip Hop Festival opened November 4, at its cradle in
Cuba, the Amphitheater of Alamar, eastern Havana, to bring back the spearheaded
rhythm of a music revolution.

Sponsored by the Hermanos Saiz Association and the Cuban Rap Agency, the
festival, through November 7, includes performances by 25 local bands.
The list of acts includes the winners of three preceding territorial contests:
Tolerancia, Soldado Raso and De la Calle (eastern zone), Imagen Hip Hop, Bajo
Fianza and El Patriota (central zone) and Escuadron Patriota
and Dos Veces Yo (western zone).The biggest challenge for the current edition of this annual event will be
meeting the quality standards, to keep Cuban hip hop away from commercial
concessions and capable of sending out an original message compromised with
Cuban reality, Hermanos Saiz Association President Alpidio Alonso stated.

Flaring up the event, the main venues Benny Moré Pink Ballroom and the
Amphitheater of Alamar will also present shows by international guests Luta de
Estilo and Racionais Mc’s (Brazil), and Spin (Canada).

Meanwhile, an art exhibit and the screening of the film “Beat Street” were
included in the opening schedule, but took place hours before the opening
concert.

The festival also includes a workshop at the Martinez Villena Hall, at the Cuban
Writers and Artists Union (UNEAC) to present relevant papers about
hip-hop.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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