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MANANA is a non-profit festival connecting Afro-Cuban Folkloric music with the pioneers of the International Electronic music community
MANANA is a non-profit festival connecting Afro-Cuban Folkloric music with the pioneers of the International Electronic music community
MANANA is a non-profit festival connecting Afro-Cuban Folkloric music with the pioneers of the International Electronic music community
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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.

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 started here. 

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.

We are here on Kickstarter today because we need your help to preserve and develop both Afro-Cuban and electronic music. Our first step is to launch MANANA 2016, a festival that brings together both communities, creating a legacy that lives long beyond the event.

The festival can count on the support of No Nation and Caledonia Worldwide, two companies that are experts in their respective fields. No Nation are an international production company that have programmed the Big Chill, developed the seminal African Soul Rebels touring series and set up the Rift Valley Festival in Kenya. Caledonia Worldwide are a travel company with direct endorsement from the Cuban Cultural department and over 17 years experience working in the East of the island.

500 tickets sold will make this festival happen, but remember, your money won't be taken unless we hit our funding goal. Keep reading to find out what we have planned at MANANA 2016!

We are MANANA • CUBA, and in May 2016 we want to take you on a new kind of adventure. Join us in the musical barrios of our cultural capital, Santiago de Cuba, for a pioneering celebration of community, collaboration and dance.

With your help, MANANA • CUBA will connect Afro-Cuban Folkloric masters to the global electronic music community in the first festival of its kind.

MANANA 2016 has already been approved by the Cuban Government, and will run from the 4th – 6th May in the historic cultural capital of Santiago de Cuba. 

The festival will take place in the incredible Heredia complex, but we will also be providing access to the courtyards, house parties, street carnivals and processions that give the city its musical soul.

MANANA 2016 will include a carefully curated line-up of Cuban and international legends, plus breakthrough artists that match the ethos of the project. Alongside the performances, we will be working with artists and technology partners to deliver a program of music workshops, seminars and talks that will run over the three days.

We are partnered with some of Cuba’s principal cultural institutions, and have teamed up with leading underground events organiser Hydra and the wise heads at No-Nation, and Mexican record label CVMR who will be helping us secure a ground-breaking lineup the more money we raise.

These are the exceptionally kind names that have already agreed to play if this Kickstarter is a success. With every additional ticket sold we'll be adding to this list, so pledge a dollar and we’ll make sure you’re the first to get the next artist developments! 

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  • Tropical soundwaves of the legendary, Quantic
  • Seminal Warp Records electronica act, Plaid (MANANA Podcast EP.004)
  • UK dubstep pioneer, Mala (Read an interview with Red Bull here)
  • Founding father of legendary dub label On-U Sound, Sherwood
  • Bluesman & Sugar Hill Gang icon, Skip McDonald
  • Puerto Rican electronic rumba act, Grupo ÌFÉ (MANANA Podcast EP.001)
  • Tropical UK DJ's, Sofrito
  • "Godfather" of Cuban drumming, Galis
  • Santiago de Cuba rumba masters, Obba Tuke
  • Cuba's legendary Compañía Ballet Folclórico de Oriente
  • British-based independent record label DJ's, Soundway
  • Tijuana house duo, Soul of Hex (MANANA Podcast EP.002)
  • New York City's own DJ, Producer and party organiser, Nickodemus
  • Mexico City's folkloric techno duo, Century
  • US time-travelling multi-instrumentalist-producer, Chico Mann
  • Iranian drone composer, Pouya Ehsaei
  • Breakthrough British techno act, Phrased [LB Produce]
  • KCRW DJ, remixer and tastemaker, Jeremy Sole (MANANA Podcast EP.003)
  • Santiago de Cuba's own, Rumba Ache

Check out a quick summary of the music below:

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The first 50 early bird tickets are now sold out, but the 2nd batch are available and include the Obba Tuke in Edinburgh digital download, so don’t miss out!

Buying your ticket now will give us a massive boost towards making MANANA 2016 a reality; we'll get more press, confirm more artists and secure additional support from sponsors, but most importantly, each ticket sold on Kickstarter will allow us to subsidise entry for Cuban residents.

MANANA 2016 is about community, friendship and connecting with your musical peers - we have decided to cap international ticket sales at 500 to ensure we preserve a personal atmosphere.

Check out this playlist of 19 scenes from the city of Santiago de Cuba:

We have partnered with the ethical travel company, Caledonia Worldwide to give you a taste of Cuba’s diverse range of deserted white beaches, rugged mountains, urban centres and colonial villages.

As well as the festival itself, we want you to leave Cuba with a deep cultural understanding of the island. Caledonia Worldwide will be on-hand to advise you on booking flights, finding accommodation, organising US travel permits and getting off the beaten track. For the next few months flights to Cuba will be incredibly good value, and the cost of living in Cuba is much cheaper than you might think...

For advice & information visit the Caledonia Worldwide // MANANA 2016 page, or check out their US Citizen FAQ and UK travel updates here.

[1] Fishing in the East, [2] Alain enjoying a swim, [3] Santiago de Cuba, [4] The deserted beaches of Baracoa
[1] Fishing in the East, [2] Alain enjoying a swim, [3] Santiago de Cuba, [4] The deserted beaches of Baracoa

Although our MANANA • CUBA family is growing quickly, it all started with two friends setting up a studio in Santiago: Harry and Alain.

Setting up the studio in Santiago de Cuba
Setting up the studio in Santiago de Cuba

For us MANANA has grown out of a sense of community and friendship. But most importantly it’s about making music.

We met when Harry moved to Alain’s home town of Santiago de Cuba. Together we built a temporary open doors studio where we recorded influential folkloric musicians, and experimented with the local sound. We soon realised that we wanted to do something that would have a lasting impact on Cuba’s musical legacy, and with the help of our third founder and project manager, Jenner, MANANA • CUBA was born.

We believe that the most exciting thing about MANANA is the legacy it will leave. The shortage of recording facilities means that much of the music found at carnivals, in bars and on street corners never leaves the island. 

Once the festival is complete, our goal is to set up a permanent studio space in Santiago that will be the home of International exchange programmes and collaborations for years to come.

We have spent an intense 10 months working with an amazing team in Cuba & the UK putting this together. Now we need your help to give MANANA 2016 life. Join us to listen, dance and perform as part of the MANANA community. Below are some ways you can make it happen:

Each ticket sold for MANANA 2016 is a huge vote of confidence in our project, and will give us a massive boost towards making this a reality. We want the festival to be an intimate affair so we have decided to cap international ticket sales at 500. 

We are releasing our first 50 tickets at an extremely discounted early bird price, so don’t miss out!

MANANA • CUBA is more than a festival, and over the next year, we’ll be releasing exclusive music and merchandise, and throwing parties with collaborations between Cuban & Electronic musicians. However much you pledge, we’ll make sure you’re a part of the MANANA community.

Join us on Facebook, Soundcloud, Instagram, YouTube or our mailing list for exclusive music, tales from Cuba, travel tips, competitions and news of upcoming shows.

We’re always on the lookout for talented and passionate people to work with. If you’re a sponsor that wants to support what we are doing, an artist that believes in the music, or you are interested in being a part of the MANANA 2016 team, please please please get in touch!

MANANA • CUBA is only as big as our community. Share our story, give us your advice and help us make this happen!

Check out this playlist of short interviews with Cuban Rumba legends, Obba Tuke discussing their thoughts on "manana", the people of Santiago and what it means play the rumba: 

The amount of positive feedback and support we have received so far has been humbling. These are a few of the amazing people that have helped us on our way:

Risks and challenges

MANANA 2016 is a complex endeavour which requires close collaboration and support from a range of 3rd parties, as well as the Cuban government.

The MANANA team are liaising on a weekly basis with the Cuban Culture department to ensure that the festival meets their expectations. They will have final say on dates; venues; logistics companies; sponsors; as well as the wider festival structure, including musicians and workshop layout. Although we already have already placed a deposit on the venue, confirmed the festival dates and been assigned a logistics partner, there is still room for fluctuations in the overall festival structure - we will keep the Kickstarter community informed of any changes in the above.

MANANA have budgeted for a Gold, Silver and Bronze standard festival in terms of size and scope. the Kickstarter campaign is launching at Bronze and once we reach our goal we will be employing stretch targets to hit Silver and Gold. We required the financial support of sponsors as well as UK government funding beyond the Kickstarter target in order to run the Gold standard festival we are aiming for. We will be using updates to communicate our progress throughout the Kickstarter campaign.

MANANA are in the process of setting up as a non-profit company in the UK meaning that all profits will be re-invested into the company. This process takes time and we hope to have it complete before the Kickstarter campaign closes, but this remains at the UK Government's discretion.

We are striving for total transparency with the Kickstarter community about what we are aiming for, and where we currently find ourselves. The timings for this festival are tight, but following the advice we have received from our numerous partners, who have a wealth of experience in the festival sector, we are confident that what we are aiming for is achievable within the time.

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    ACCESS TO THE MANANA COMMUNITY

    Pledge just £1 to become a part of the MANANA community. Be the first to hear about new acts and rewards, get exclusive access to our London events, and watch the story unfold through our regular MANANA updates. We are extremely grateful for your support!

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    MANANA CUBAN SAMPLE PACK

    For you producers out there, these are fresh sounds straight out of the MANANA studio, Santiago de Cuba. Includes mainly Yoruba Batá toques recorded to click, with additional rhythmic midi information programmed by Cuban percussionists. Also contains street ambience, conga solos, and rumba vocal shouts.

    Please send us your results, we're looking for new music to push.

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    LONDON WAREHOUSE PARTY

    Tropical masters SOFRITO, legendary record label SOUNDWAY and the events specialists BLACK ATLANTIC join forces to support MANANA on December 10th at an exclusive Warehouse party in Stoke Newington.

    There are only 200 tickets in total, so snap them up while you can! Drop us a message on Kickstarter with your email address when you have bought your ticket and you'll go on the list.

    If you have already pledged for something else and want to come to the party just add £10 (or more if you are feeling generous!) on to your initial pledge and drop us a message on Kickstarter.

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    OBBA TUKE IN EDINBURGH DIGITAL ALBUM RELEASE

    This is your chance to own MANANA’s first release: an LP from Rumba legends, Obba Tuke on their first ever trip outside of Cuba. The album features driving Rumba and Yoruba tracks and was co-produced by Guy Morley [currently producing Grace Jones album] and mixed by Phil Bodger [whose credits include Diana Ross, Sade and Stevie Wonder].

    Check out a clip of Obba Tuke playing live at the Casa del Caribe in Santiago earlier this year: http://bit.ly/1QU4NLS

    This is Obba Tuke rehearsing before the Edinburgh session: http://bit.ly/1jJQr6u

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    MANANA T-SHIRT

    Show your support with a MANANA organic cotton t-shirt designed by Alex Sullivan. Available in black or white.

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    OBBA TUKE IN EDINBURGH 12" VINYL: LIMITED EDITION (Release of 50)

    Own a limited edition, numbered first release from Rumba legends, Obba Tuke. The album features driving Rumba and Yoruba tracks and will also include original artwork from Alex Sullivan. It was co-produced by Guy Morley [currently producing Grace Jones album] and mixed by Phil Bodger [whose credits include Diana Ross, Sade and Stevie Wonder].

    Check out a clip of Obba Tuke playing live at the Casa del Caribe in Santiago earlier this year: http://bit.ly/1QU4NLS

    This is Obba Tuke rehearsing before the Edinburgh session: http://bit.ly/1jJQr6u

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    DISCOUNT A CUBAN TICKET

    Can’t make it to Cuba in May? Help make MANANA affordable to Cuban music lovers by subsidising a ticket. Festivals with International acts are normally out of the reach of normal Cubans, and this unique reward means you’ll help keep MANANA accessible to our local Cuban community.

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    MANANA FESTIVAL TICKETS: THE FIRST 50!

    If you believe in what you've seen today buy a ticket now and support what MANANA is creating. If we sell 500 tickets this festival will happen. Remember, this is the cheapest ticket we'll be offering.

    Ticket names are transferable.

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    MANANA FESTIVAL TICKETS: 2nd BATCH

    If you believe in what you've seen today buy a ticket now and support what MANANA is creating. If we sell 500 tickets this festival will happen. Remember, after these 50 tickets are sold the price will go up again!

    This release includes the Obba Tuke In Edinburgh digital download as well. Check out the details here: http://kck.st/1PiJSnz

    Ticket names are transferable.

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    MANANA FESTIVAL TICKET + T-SHIRT

    If you believe in what you've seen today buy a ticket now and support what MANANA is creating. If we sell 500 tickets this festival will happen.

    This release includes the MANANA organic cotton t-shirt designed by Alex Sullivan. Available in black or white. Check it out here: http://on.fb.me/1NHMd9n

    Ticket names are transferable.

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    FESTIVAL TICKET + PRIVATE CONCERT

    Enjoy all the energy of the MANANA 3 day festival, plus an exclusive concert & after party in Santiago on the 7th May for artists and festival staff. Only 20 of these rewards will be released, so grab them whilst you can.

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    MANANA FESTIVAL TICKETS: TWO TICKETS

    If you believe in what you've seen today buy a pair of tickets now and support what MANANA is creating. If we sell 500 tickets this festival will happen.

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    BUY OBBA TUKE'S LARGE RUMBA CAHON

    Get your hands on one of the drums used in Obba Tuke’s recording sessions with MANANA. This unique large Rumba Cahon was handmade by a Cuban artisanal drum maker.

    (London collection only)

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    VINYL MASTERING + DUBPLATE FROM THE CARVERY

    Have your album mastered specifically for vinyl and your own dub plate created. All courtesy of leading vinyl specialist, Carvery Cuts studio in Hackney.

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    7 CONGA LESSONS + MANANA FESTIVAL TICKETS

    A rare opportunity to study conga with the Obba Tuke percussionists Tito, Michael, Carlos, and Richard. Your 90 minute lessons will take place in Santiago and can be organised for any time 2 weeks before or after the festival.

    Check out Carlos on the drums here: http://bit.ly/1L1rjz0

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    PAIR OF ORIGINAL OBBA TUKE CONGAS

    Own a piece of musical history with a pair of Cuban conga drums used in Obba Tuke’s recording sessions with MANANA. These beautiful congas were bought over from Santiago de Cuba by Carlos Gurra.

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    MID LEVEL SPONSOR PACKAGE

    How else is your brand going to do something culturally significant in Cuba? This is your opportunity to convince the powers that be in your office to stump up a little cash to support MANANA. You'll get coverage on this Kickstarter campaign as an update, we'll shout about you across all our channels, and give you a permanent MANANA presence. Drop us a line to negotiate exactly what you want.

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    Pledge £1,500 or more About $2,277

    FUND OBBA TUKE'S EDINBURGH RECORDING SESSION

    Personally fund the seminal recording of Obba Tuke in Edinburgh with Phil Bodger and Guy Morley and have your name credited on the vinyl artwork.

    Check out a clip of Obba Tuke playing live at the Casa del Caribe in Santiago earlier this year: http://bit.ly/1QU4NLS

    This is Obba Tuke rehearsing before the Edinburgh session: http://bit.ly/1jJQr6u

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    TOP TIER SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE

    Your brand becomes our partner in the MANANA journey - Get in touch for more details!

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