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Havan Cultura Collective 

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This autumn, premium Cuban rum Havana Club is bringing a major collection of contemporary Cuban musical talent to the British shores.  The ‘Havana Cultura Collective’ is a series of live DJ and music gigs which will take place in Leeds and Manchester (see notes to editors) and feature a dynamic, Cuba inspired soundtrack.  It is the first international musical project from Havana Club’s global art initiative, Havana Cultura and has been developed in collaboration with renowned producer and DJ Gilles Peterson. The sessions will culminate with a grand finale which will feature an exclusive performance by the man himself.


During the months of October and November, the ‘Havana Cultura Collective’ will take over key venues in Leeds and Manchester and provide a unique Cuban spin to nights out as consumers are invited to discover the real spirit of Havana.  Guests will enjoy authentic Cuban cocktails such as Mojitos and frozen Daiquiris to Cuba influenced backdrops.  The line up will consist of resident DJ Lubi; the UK’s top Latin music DJ, whose stints include, shows on Jazz FM, BBC Radio 1Xtra and Gillles Peterson’s Worldwide.  In Leeds, he will be supported by local DJs DJ Silvao and DJ Gib.  DJ Silvao has remixed for many including Black Eyed Peas and, Beyonce and both specialise in Latin, funk and reggaeton; genres which dictate the local music scene in Cuba.  In Manchester, DJ Irfan Hussain will be supporting.  Hussain runs independent label, Rain City Music label and his repertoire focuses on soulful/deep house, Latin, funk, Cuban and electronic.


In addition to the music, there will be exclusive in bar performances from ‘Sonido Callajero’ UK’s hottest urban Latin MC crew.  The group consists of two MCs and a percussionist who play a fusion of hip hop and Latino.  Front man Magico is one of the UK’s best known Latino MC’s and has worked with many big names ranging from Basement Jaxx to Courtney Pine.


The series of gigs in both Leeds and Manchester will culminate in a live gig by Gilles Peterson.  Peterson will play an original, eclectic set inspired by his time in Cuba.  He will be joined on stage by DJ Simbad, a renowned French DJ/producer.  DJ Simbad has a weekly radio show Late Night on Metrodance FM and is signed to Swedish pop label Raw Fusion. There will also be an exclusive performance by the Havana Cultura Band which has been especially created for the project by Gilles Peterson. 


To underpin the collaboration, Gilles Peterson has also produced for the first time ever, an album of modern Cuban music.  Peterson spent the summer in Cuba, unearthing the very best in up and coming musical talent. These new artists will now feature on Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura’, a double CD featuring 28 tracks of Cuba’s freshest talent from Latin, afro jazz and fusion to hip hop, funk, reggaeton and pop. The album was recorded in Havana’s world famous Egrem studios, which has hosted major figures of the Cuban music scene - including the Buena Vista Social Club and is a culmination of a 12 month project.


The collaboration with Gilles Peterson and Havana Cultura represents the biggest collection of contemporary Cuban musicians in a single musical initiative since Cuba’s most famous musical export to date, Buena Vista Social Club.


Commenting on the project, Gilles Peterson says: “The Buena Vista Social Club helped put Cuba on the world music scene but it’s been over a decade since that initiative and just like the dancers, music in Cuba never stands still. The energy of the music and breadth of talent in Havana is like nowhere else in the world. Every corner of the city, every nook and cranny has a sound. We wanted an album that showcases the very best of the new generation of musical talent to be found in Havana today. Music is the soul of Havana and this is the freshest sounding soul music coming out of it.”