Havana Club presents the: Havana Cultura Collective by Gilles Peterson

14th May – Gilles Peterson, Kumar & the Havana Cultura Band, DJs Hugo Mendez and BPM
Tunnels, Temple Meads (near station), Bristol (final)
9pm – 2am, £5 entry (casual dress, trainers allowed)

This spring, sees the return of the ‘Havana Cultura Collective Tour’; a series of live DJ and music gigs which will take place in Bristol . The project, created by premium Cuban rum Havana Club, focuses on raising the profile of contemporary Cuban musical talent to an international audience. 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.

Following the success of last years’ Leeds and Manchester gigs, the ‘Havana Cultura Collective’ will now provide a unique Cuban spin to nights out in Bristol, as consumers are invited to discover the real spirit of Havana. Guests will enjoy authentic Cuban cocktails such as Mojitos and Daiquiris to Havana influenced backdrops. The DJ line 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. He will be joined by DJ Irfan Hussain. Hussain runs independent label, Rain City Music label and his repertoire focuses on soulful/deep house, Latin, funk, Cuban and electronic. Dom Servini will be finalising the core line up. Servini, runs a record label and has a weekly residency with Peterson. His past projects include playing at the legendary Bluenote and London’s Jazz Cafe.

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 MCs and has worked with many big names ranging from Basement Jaxx to Courtney Pine. They will be joined by Papa Record & Rolex, a renowned Cuban MC duo. Papa Record won Best Hip Hop Album at the Cuba Disco Awards in 2007.

The series of gigs will culminate in a live gig by Havana Cultura artist Kumar, hosted by the legendary Gilles Peterson. Original Cuban export Kumar is one of the most talked about and emerging Cuban hip hop acts of recent years. Peterson will play an original, eclectic set inspired by his time in Cuba and will perform alongside Kumar and the exclusive Havana Cultura Band. The band 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 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.
  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.”