Havana World Music celebrates its final edition with artists from three continents

Artists from Cuba and other countries of the American continent, Europe and even a South Korean band will perform this week at Havana World Music, the largest alternative music festival on the island, which in 2019 celebrates its sixth edition, which will also be the last according to its organizers.

A total of 24 musical groups will occupy the two stages of the Salón Rosado De La Tropical, emblematic cultural space of Havana, on Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Saturday 23, said the director of the musical event, singer Eme Alfonso, who will perform on the second day.

American band Ozomatli, a Los Angeles band that has accumulated seven studio albums in its career since the 1990s, and known for fusing styles such as Latin salsa and urban rhythms such as hip-hop, jazz and funk, will close Friday’s line-up.

On Thursday, singer Cimafunk, considered the musical phenomenon of 2018 in Cuba and included by Billboard magazine among the ten Latin artists to follow this year for his catchy mix of Cuban rhythms with funk, will take to the stage.

Also noteworthy is the presence of Korean Men, a band of seven musicians from South Korea that fuses traditional Korean rhythms with jazz.

Other prominent names include Spanish flamenco singer and guitarist Diego Guerrero, Canadian rappers Nomadic Massive, the Berlin-based eclectic iLBiLLY HiTEC collective, and the Brazilian group Mental Abstrato, which mixes Latin jazz with bossa nova, soul, groove and hip-hop.

The organizer announced at the press conference that this sixth edition will be the last of Havana World Music, which in previous years has attracted thousands of visitors, especially in the 2018 edition, which meant the return of the famous Cuban group Orishas to the stages of his country after nine years of absence.

Parallel to the concerts, the programme also includes spaces dedicated to body art, graffiti and various manifestations of dance.

Today also began the advance sale of tickets at a price of between 20 and 25 CUC (17-22 euros) per day or 50 CUC the three day voucher for foreigners, while Cubans and residents can buy them in local currency (CUP) at a price approximately 25 times lower.

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