Primera Base Contest

Primera Base, contest for emerging and new bands. It was necessary to create a way to help young people, not only taking national and international music to the spaces created by the festival itself at the annual event, but also integrating new musical proposals that begin their careers and do not yet have the means to route his work. Primera Base , contest that calls HWM in each edition for emerging artists that always bets on originality and quality in the proposals.
Cuba is a very musical country, there is a lot of talent in the most unexpected places, HWM seeks to promote and spread the work of new generations of musicians on the Island.
A national call is made looking for bands that do not sound exactly like most of the music on our streets, homes and media. This contest “stems from the concern about the absence of dissemination spaces of other music; Primera Base is committed precisely to people looking for experimentation, ”says Eme Alfonso.
In each edition the contestants participate in workshops and conferences of professionals in the music industry. Then they appear in showcases where the jury has the opportunity to see them play live and select the most interesting proposal.
The highlight of the contest is the presentation of the winners at the HWM Festival, where they share the stage with artists of the highest level.
Many are musicians, of great recognition today, who have gone through Primera Base: Jorgito Kamankola, Reyna and Real, Cimafunk, are just a few.

Erick Iglesias (Cimafunk) said in 2018: “What I hope is what will happen, achieve more spaces, more acceptance (…) and we trust what we are doing, it is Cuban music and it is our historic moment to set our tone”

Jade Kholy Band, one of the winners in the 2019 edition commented: “I hope to learn, for me this is a great opportunity (…) I think I can get a lot out of the experience”

Primera Base Winners

2015: La Reina y la Real, High Grass, Jorgito Kamankola, Rezak

2016: Golpe Seko, Miel con Limón, La Alianza

2017: La Cruzada, Ensamble Vocal Luna, Adriana Machado

2018: Cimafunk, BandEra, Open Mind

2019: Los locos tristes, Accordo, Jade Kohly band

Primera Base Contest 2020 (Online Edition)

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).

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.