We are Manana, a Cuban/British not-for-profit organisation that connects the rich heritage of Afro-Cuban folkloric music to the electronic music community. On 4-6th May 2016 we will be the first festival of its kind to take place in Santiago de Cuba, open to both Cubans & foreign travellers.
LINEUP SO FAR:
—– Electronic icon and innovator, NICOLAS JAAR
—– British tropical star QUANTIC
—– Seminal Warp Records electronica act, PLAID
—– Electronic royalty, A GUY CALLED GERALD
—– Legendary record label, FANIA RECORDS
—– Manchester’s grime, techno, bass & garage star, MADAM X
—– New York City’s own, NICKODEMUS
—– Bluesman & former Sugar Hill Gang member SKIP MCDONALD
—– Dub pioneer ADRIAN SHERWOOD
—– LA’s cult producer, GIFTED & BLESSED
—– Tropical UK DJ’s, SOFRITO
—– “Godfather” of Cuban drumming, GALIS
—– Santiago de Cuba rumba masters, OBBATUKÉ
—– Cuba’s legendary COMPAÑÍA BALLET FOLCLORICO DE ORIENTE
—– British-based independent record label DJ’s, SOUNDWAY
—– Tijuana house duo, SOUL OF HEX
—– Mexico City’s folkloric techno duo, CENTURY
—– Iranian/Cuban rising stars, ARIWO
—– Breakthrough UK techno act, PHRASED
—– Santiago own, RUMBA ACHE
—– KCRW DJ, remixer and tastemaker, JEREMY SOLE
VIEW THE FULL LINEUP HERE: http://bit.ly/1O2uyGE
Manana is a dialogue. We believe that an international electronic music audience will find inspiration in Afro-Cuban folkloric music, and that Cuba’s powerful blend of rhythm, flow and feeling will enrich the development of electronic music and its community. In return, Manana 2016 will be an opportunity for Cubans to share their incredible cultural heritage, collaborate, and use technology to take their musical development in new directions.
The Cuban and electronic artists we have selected have been chosen based upon their ability to weave bold narratives and connect with diverse audiences. Our aim is to bring these dynamic live performers together to push boundaries and challenge perceptions through a series of collaborations that have already begun and will continue internationally following the festival.
Alongside these performances, we are working with technology partners and educational platforms to set up workshops and lectures that will run throughout the event. We hope to use these partnerships to build a permanent recording studio in Santiago that will form a base for an international music exchange programme.