About us

Havana World Music (HWM) is a great musical and cultural festival that takes place every March in LaHabana, Cuba.The festival welcomes artists from the most varied geographical, cultural and musical origins, in a true ajiaco of styles, colors, languages ​​and sounds. This particular recipe has made it one of the most important cultural events in Cuba and the favorite of a whole young generation that comes every year faithful to the appointment to discover new horizons and thus expand its palate sound. During the three days that HWM lasts, Havana becomes in the capital of world music, a title that he practically holds in his own right. Cuba is the result of a jiaco, a mixture of cultures -with special influence of the Afro-descendant peoples- that has determined its music until today. From Cuba, styles such as son, rumba, chachachá or salsa, among many others, are original; but also in Cuba rock, reggae or hip hop is played. All this Cuban flavor has a leading role in HWM with the presence of the most traditional, most contemporary music and all its fusions.


In 2013 a group of friends with experience in cultural management, international cooperation and international festivals started working on a dream: to hold a music festival in what they thought was the best place in the world to hold a music festival. The singer and songwriter Eme Alfonso assumed the artistic direction with the mission of bringing to Havana the most varied selection of music in the world. A few months later, in February 2014, the first edition of Havana World Music took place on the José Antonio Echeverría Center baseball field, in front of the Malecón Habanero.

The resounding success of this edition, the trust of the institutions and sponsors that endorsed the project and the motivation to continue filling this space on the Cuban music scene led to its logical continuity until it became one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. Since then, the festival has not stopped growing as much in concerts, parallel activities and public. In its six editions, more than 60,000 people have been able to enjoy more than 120 concerts by bands from 30 countries, including Juan Formell and Los Van Van, Systema Solar, Roberto Fonseca, Instituto Mexicano del Sonido, Sargento García, Francisco El Hombre or Cimafunk.

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