Havana

Authentic Cuban Son Party Band

Playing their irresistible tropical rhythms, they bring their audiences a truly sensational, authentic Latin-music experience, and their music is guaranteed to turn any event into a fiesta!

About Us

Havana play authentic 'Son Cubano' or Cuban son - the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music. Formed in 2011, Havanafeature a new generation of Cuban musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997.

On vocals, and minor percussion, Yuri is an accomplished international singer with a sparkling personality, having performed with the likes of Cachaito of the Buena Vista Social Club. She is a born entertainer, and aficionados have likened her to a young Celia Cruz. Also on vocals and percussion are Tony Danger and Jose Cascaret both wonderful ‘soneros’ from Santiago De Cuba. The brilliant Manuel Alejandro Tellez on trés and backing vocals is another high-class performer.

Havana's rhythm section boasts the extraordinary talents of Reynaldo Crespo on Guitar, Oscar Vazquez Romero on bass, Rene ‘Menique’ Savigne on congas and Toby Herschmann on timbales. They’re the force that drives the music along. And soaring above it all, there’s the trumpet of virtuoso Victor Hechevarria who has toured worldwide with several renowned Cuban bands and is an ex-member of the Santiago Symphony Orchestra.

Playing their irresistible tropical rhythms, they bring their audiences a truly sensational, authentic Latin-music experience, and their music is guaranteed to turn any event into a fiesta!

Testimonials

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Since their debut album 'La Maravilla' was released to rave reviews

**** Songlines, The Evening Standard

“The UK's very own Buena Vista band….absolutely tremendous…. music like this and we're all feeling terrific….if you don't start to move to this there is no hope for you! Extraordinary music. ” 

Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

Most of the band members hail from Santiago De Cuba, the birthplace of Cuban son…. and have the effortless musicianship that comes from being to the manor born…..a set infused with rhythm changes and infectious melodies and grooves. They are the best band playing Cuban son.

Jane Cornwell, Songlines

People could not help but dance, the band’s energy and enthusiasm was soaked up by a captivated audience!”

Mariam, Festival, Bury St Edmunds

“We had great feedback about the band yesterday. Our guests felt transported to a holiday place..!”

Catia , Restaurant, Central London

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Song List

Abusadora (merengue)

A Mi Manera (chachacha)

Apagame La Vela (merengue/tropical)

Apretataito (merengue)

Ay Papacito  (son montuno

Baila Con Mi Tumbao (salsa)

Baila La Calle (Merengue)

Baila Suavito (chachacha)

Bamboleo (salsa)

Besame Mucho (bolero cha)

Bronce Na’Ma (salsa)

Cachita (charanga)

Cangrejo (son montuno)

Capullito D'Aleli (son)

Carretero (son montuno)

Co Co Mai Mai (son)

Chan Chan (son)

Como Fue  (bolero)

Consuelate (son)

Don’t You Worry About A Thing (salsa)

Dos Gardenias (son)

Dundunbanza (bolero son)

El Bodeguero  (chachacha)

El Carretero (son)

El Cuarto De Tula (son)

El Manicero / Peanut Vendor (son)

El Negrito Del Batey (merengue)

El Paralitico (son)

El Punto Cubano (charanga / son)

El Traigito (son)

En El Delirio Habanero (bolero-son)

Guantanamera (bolero chachacha)

Hacheros Con Palo (son montuno)

I Like It Like That (boogaloo)

Idilio (salsa)

Juanito Morel (merengue)

La Empaliza (merengue)

La Enganadora  (chachacha)

La Guacherna (merengue)

Lágrimas Negras (son)

La Vida Es Un Carnival (salsa)

La Negra Tomasa (Bilongo)

Le Sumba El Mango (son montuno)

Lloraras (salsa)

Me Gusto (son montuno)

Ma Ma Inez (son- salsa)

No Me Llores (chachacha)

Oye Como Va (chachacha)

Pare Cochero (son)

Pintate Los Labios (son)

Prende El Fogon  (son)

Quizas (bolero cha)

Rico Vacilon (cha cha cha)

Rita La Caimana (descarga son)

Saina (merengue)

Sandunguera

Sobreviviré

Son De La Loma (son)

Te Veo P’Aqui (Changui)

Tres Lindas Cubanas (bolero – cha)

Veinte Anos (bolero cha)

Usted (bolero)

Waka Waka (merengue)

Yo No Quiero Piedra En Mi Camino (salsa)

Colegiala

Cumbia De Oriente

El Cafetal

La Cumbia Cienaguera

La Piragua

La Pollera Colora

Mujer Majadera (cumbia – son)

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Set / Performance times;

Generally up to 2 hours of music over a 3 hour period although typically Havana are booked to play 2 x 45 minute sets.

Travel

Outside of London is subject to travel. There is some flexibility with this and Havana like to support certain events eg community / local festivals / charities so please do enquire.

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