by Christine Scott and Cameron Boyle
Musicabana was a groundbreaking international music festival in Havana which was a collaboration between New York-based producers and the Cuban government. The festival took place in May over four days in venues around the city. It was an opportunity to see and hear the best Cuban music and dance, go backstage and mingle with the artists and experience first-hand an Afro-Cuban Yoruba celebration (bembe) honoring the orishas (Afro-Cuban deities) Elegua and Yemaya. Cultsha.com had unprecedented access at the festival and as expected, made many new friends and discovered even more hidden gems off the beaten path.