Events

Major Lazer, Sean Paul, Ibeyi, Mayra Andrade & More Are Playing Cuba’s Biggest Music Festival

The Musicabana Festival will mark Cuba’s biggest music gathering in over 30 years.

Ibeyi photographed by Oluwaseye.


This May, Havana will be hosting Cuba’s biggest music gathering in over 30 years, the Musicabana Festival—the first festival produced by American and Cuban partners since diplomatic relations were restored last year.

Okayafrica and Okayplayer are proud media sponsors of the festival.

The impressive Musicabana artist line-up includes performances from Major Lazer, Sean Paul, Ibeyi and Mayra Andrade, who will be joined by Cuban acts Pablo Milanés, Carlos Varela, Los Van Van, Orquesta Aragón, and many more.

Musicabana will be entirely free to the Cuban public, with special travel packages and VIP tickets available for international visitors.

Major Lazer, the dancehall-inspired crew of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, will be the first major US act to perform in Cuba since diplomatic ties were restored.

“For as long as I can remember, Cuba has played an influential role on my love of music—Cuba has such a powerful cultural impact all over the world and for me, especially growing up in Florida, it became one of the biggest cultural centers for music to evolve from,” mentions Diplo.

Find out more information about tickets and passes at Musicabana’s website. The festival takes place May 5—May 8.

Image via Musicabana's Facebook.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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