Drum Festival paying tribute to music kicks off in Cuba

Published on : Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Drum FestivalAimed at rescuing and promoting the tradition of Cuban popular music, the “Guillermo Barreto in Memoriam” Drum Festival kicks off today (March 2) Cuba’s capital. Havana.

The Festival’s general director, Giraldo Piloto considers it as a tribute to African and worldwide music that have influenced the culture of the country.

The current 15th edition is especially dedicated to young people, responsible for promoting the learning of percussion, he added.

Percussionists from Cuba, Venezuela, Spain, Canada, Chile and Japan will participate.
The main venues are the Havana’s Mella Theater, the Tropical Brewery’s Salon Rosado, the most famous and “hard-to-please” dance floor in Cuba, and the Habana Music Hall, he announced.

In addition to the dancers and musical performances, the event will host master classes by relevant international percussionists, as the member of Chicago band, Wally de los Reyes, British Pete Lockett, Cuban Alain Perez (flamenco music), and American Alex Acuña, leading the Weather Report project.

An international percussion competition will also be held. For the first time, there will be a competition for rumba dancers, and for the third time, a contest for dance casino will be developed.

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