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 were the first festival of its kind to take place in Santiago de Cuba, open to both Cubans & foreign travellers.
THE STORY SO FAR
What began as a musical dialogue in the barrios of Santiago de Cuba between three friends - Alain, Harry and Jenner - can now count on the support of an incredible network of acclaimed partners, including British Production company No Nation, global electronic music hub Resident Advisor and the Cuban Government's Cultura department.
In September we launched a hugely successful Kickstarter to support Manana 2016 which raised over £47,000 via 390+ backers. During the course of that campaign we attracted sponsorship from Havana Club and Fania Records, began the Manana Podcast Series, recorded our first album with Santiago's rumba masters Obbatuké, received press in over 40 top online platforms, launched the festival with a sold out show at London's Total Refreshment Centre, and hosted a Boiler Room Session which premiered Cuban/Iranian collaboration Ariwo, alongside tropical masters Sofrito & UK underground breakthrough act Phrased.
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.