For three weeks in May, So It Goes Films was asked to travel to Cuba and chronicle history in the making. That history was MANANA music festival, setup by two Brits and a Cuban. Against all odds this pioneering trio had put together Cuba’s first ever international music festival. And it wasn’t to take place in Havana but rather its poorer, blacker cousin in the east: Santiago de Cuba, where so many Afro-Cuban musical traditions were born and some of the island’s finest players hailed from.
Two films documented the collaborations between international producers and local homegrown Afro-Cuban folkloric talent through the streets, derelict studios and storms of Santiago. The third film told the giddy, rum-soaked story of three days of MANANA festival as that music made between two cultures broke free.
Watch world-famous producer and lover of Latin sounds Quantic put a band and an album together in a week
Watch British production duo Soundspecies collaborate with the Afro-Cuban drumming ensemble Ache Meyi and their fearsome leader Hector
Watch MANANA festival at the Teatro Heredia, Santiago-de-Cuba April 2016 in all its glory