By creating an environment of free expression and cultural exchange, our hope is that Manana 2016 will live on in the new music, conversations and collaborations that start here. 

With the end of the US embargo in sight, these are exciting and incredibly fragile times on the island. Manana 2016 is an inclusive and collaborative festival built on the deep love and mutual respect we all have for rhythm.


Manana grew out of a collaboration and close friendship between Londoners Harry Follett, Jenner del Vecchio & renowned Cuban Hip Hop artist, Alain Garcia Artola [TNT Rezistencia]. We met when Harry moved to Alain’s home town of Santiago de Cuba. Together we built a temporary open doors studio to record influential folkloric musicians, and experiment with the local sound.

We soon realised that we wanted to do something that would have a lasting impact on Cuba’s musical legacy, & with the help of our third founder & project manager, Jenner, Manana was born.

                                 Harry & Alain setting up the temporary studio in Santiago de Cuba in November 2014


                         Harry & Alain setting up the temporary studio in Santiago de Cuba in November 2014

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.

For us the most exciting thing is the global legacy the festival will leave. 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.

5 short interview with Santiago Rumba legends Obba Tuke