In March we were struck by the news that the 7th edition of Havana World Music should be postponed because of the advance of the COVID-19 pandemic that to this day keeps us in confinement.

The Festival has been active from home, paying attention to the latest in world music, as well as the initiatives that have prompted many artists to create during these months.

And since music has not stopped in the world, we have decided to hold our Primera Base contest an online edition this year on July 16, 17 and 18, with the sponsorship of the Egrem and the collaboration of the British Council and the Asociación Hermanos Saíz. On these dates, the pre-selected bands will perform for the public and the jury from our social networks.

The bands in competition are:

– Cuadrigales
– Los Monos Lácteos
– Misifuz
– TóPop

– Akira Colarte y Habana on Me
– LA Pimienta
– Raulito Prieto

– Jaidpit
– Kill the Party
– Milano

The jury that will evaluate the performances is formed by important artists and music professionals: Haydée Milanés (musician), Ruly Herrera (musician), Jorge Luis Lagarza (musician), Darsi Fernández (lawyer specialized in the music industry, SGAE Delegate in Cuba), Yissy García (musician), Cimafunk (musician), Daiana García (musician), Yentsy Rangel (musicologist and singer), Zeney Alonso (musician), Gretel Garlobo (musicologist and producer), Rodney Barreto (musician), and the British Alley Lloyd (musician).

During the contest, the live presentation of the bands by categories will be transmitted (one category each day), and at later dates the result of the decision of the jury will be given, in live transmission from the official profiles of the HWM. The public can also vote for their favorite band on our website (, for the popularity award to a single band.

In its 6th edition, Primera Base continues to promote the work of the new bands and artists based on Cuba, preparing them to begin their careers within the Cuban music industry.