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Havana World Music to celebrate its 7th edition in March 2020

The Havana World Music Festival (HWM) will take place on March 19, 20 and 21, 2020, under the artistic direction of performer and composer Eme Alfonso.

I am super happy to make another edition of Havana World Music and to bring new artists,” said Eme Alfonso. “Once again the music of the world will be celebrated, taking the capital of Cuba as a center of cultural exchange. We are preparing many surprises for Havana World Music 2020. The idea is to continue surprising the public with different styles, languages, cultures and expressions. We believe it is our hallmark and we will continue working on that line.”

True to the values ​​of diversity and creativity that distinguish the event, the organizing committee of HWM will again present in Cuba a particular mix of world music. The festival revealed some of the artists scheduled to perform.

Silvio Rodríguez, founder of the Nueva Trova Movement in Cuba, and one of its greatest exponents, will top the list of Cuban artists. Silvio Rodríguez’s career spans over four decades and about twenty albums. He is considered one of the greatest Spanish-language singer-songwriters. His songs have become classics of Latin American music.

It is a dream for us to be able to receive his music, which I personally admire, “said Eme.  “I think it is a privilege and honor. The rest of the artists we have confirmed are known within world music, love Cuba and are eager to come and play for the Cuban public. ”

Lin Cortés, from Spain, will make his debut in Cuba. Known as the prince of the latest flamenco, he mixes Andalusian poetry, rock, jazz, symphonic elements , funk and soul. Cortés has been helped by some of the most prominent musicians of the genre in Spain, including Antonio Carmona, Rosario Flores, El Pele, Nita (singer of the Fuel Fandango duo), who endorse him as a unique artist. ““Indomable”, his second album mixes his gypsy style with avant-garde sonorities.

The MC and urban music producer Waahli, who accompanied the Nomadic Massive group during their previous presentations at HWM, will return to the Festival. On this occasion, he will come back from Canada with his solo project to launch Black Soap, his latest recording.

The live sound clash between Cuban and Jamaican musicians that is Havana Meets Kingston will also be present in this new edition of the Festival. The project brings together an important cast of world-class performers, who combine the musical traditions of two Caribbean islands, something rarely seen on the same stage.

Percussionist and singer Brenda Navarrete is part of the HWM 2020 lineup. Performing on batá and tumbadora, she stands out in the Cuban music scene, with strong influences from jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. She will present her first album: “Mi mundo”, a mix of rumba, Latin jazz, timba, son, Indian music, guaguancó and folklore.

As part of the To Mestizar project, the Festival will present Nengón Kiribá, which from a small town in Baracoa, preserving the musical legacy of eastern Cuba.

Another Cuban band will present its fusion of conga, reggae, danzón, funk and other sounds.

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Havana World Music 2019 Announces first Set of Artists

Havana World Music Festival, the most important open-air music festival in Cuba, has announced dates and first set of confirmed artists for its 2019 edition. The event will take place March 21-23, 2019 at the Metropolitan Park (Parque Almendares) in the heart of Havana.

A previous edition of Havana World Music Festival

Curated by Cuban singer and composer Eme Alfonso, with the support of Cuban cultural institutions, Havana World Music (HWM) festival began back in 2014. Since then, it has established itself as a musical and cultural reference on the island, persistently true to roots music, energetic performances, authenticity and new Cuban music, in one of the world’s most significant cradles of music.

Eme Alfonso

In this new edition, we will continue to work and focus on what we believe is our trademark. There may be other music festivals, but only at Havana World Music one can enjoy such a diversity of styles, languages, cultures… and meet the creative impulse of the new Cuban generation “, said Eme Alfonso. “This is why we really believe this is a unique festival”, she added.

First confirmed artists:

HWM has announced some of the Cuban artists that will be performing next March. Other national and international artists (from Canada, India and Brazil) will be added to the line-up soon.

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas

As part of the most folkloric part of the program, HWM will be hosting the performance of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. Founded in 1952, this is one the most legendary groups of Cuban rumba, one of the national rhythms born from Afro-Cuban roots.

Moreover, the festival will present the folkloric group Nengón Kiribá from Baracoa (Guantánamo), at the very Eastern part of the Island. The ensemble is one of the few that maintains the rhythm and dance of the predecessors of the Cuban son alive, worldwide known thanks to projects such as Buena Vista Social Club.

Nengón Kiribá

Meet the new generation of Cuban artists

As an example of how Cuban young artists draw on this cultural heritage and mix it with other more contemporary forms of music, artists such as Cimafunk, the musical phenomenon of the year in Cuba; R.O.I, giving a Cuban twist to R&B; and Eme Alfonso, heir of a long tradition of Afro-Cuban fusion, will all be performing at HWM next March.


The promotion of new Cuban talent is at the heart of the festival. Cimafunk won last year’s HWM Contest for young Cuban musicians (Concurso HWM-Primera Base). R.O.I also made his point under last year’s contest, and the festival took note.

Next year’s winners will as customary take the next step in their careers on the stage of HWM.

Tickets available now

The Cultural Tourism Agency Paradiso is the official retailer for HWM festival. Tickets are also available through the HWM website www.havanaworldmusic.com or directly through the platform: https://www.notikumi.com/2019/3/21/havana-world-music-2019.