Yes, Cuban music is famous all over the world. Everybody knows at least the Buena Vista Social Club. But there is Cuban Indie Music too!
Cuban music is not just Salsa and Son or Reaggeton. There is much more and especially young Cubans experiment a lot and make mix different styles and influences to create a unique musical environment. There is Cuban Rap, Indie Rock, Reggae, Punk, Metal and also electronic music.
In Havana you can see concerts from different groups and styles in many places like the Fabrica de Arte Cubano or the Diablo Tun Tun (Calle 35, esquina 20, Playa) and the Corner Café, or Clubs like the Berthold Brecht (Calle 13 e/I y J, Vedado) or the Submarino Amarillo close to the John Lennon Park .
In those places, you can discover more Cuban music and see live concerts for just a small fee or even no entrance prices. You can enjoy Jazz, Indie and other types of music that you might not have expected on the Island.
Here are just some artists and songs that you should have heard of:
X Alfonso – A Cuban Indie Music Classic
The artist who also started the F.A.C in Havana grew up in a very musical environment and mixes a lot of styles and influences. He has a lot of songs about the Cuban lifestyle and everyday life. He got popular, also internationally, by making the soundtrack to the Spanish movie: Habana Blues.
Check it out:
Buena Fe is really popular on the island. Ok, they are not an Indie Band anymore, but they still sound different. They have nice and interesting lyrics and catchy songs, also they do great live concerts. They form part of current Cuban culture so if you have a chance to see them while you there, do so!
They also have quite creative video clips, check them out:
Wichy De Vedado – Some Cuban Tecno
My next tip is a Cuban DJ, who named himself after a neighborhood in Havana. He produces and mixes his music in his home in the Vedado and does a really good job with it!
check it out:
Another good Cuban Dj. You could also expect him to play in a Club in Berlin or elsewhere in Europe.
Telmary does Hip Hop mixed with Cuban rhythms and Cuban topics. Her music is for listening and for dancing. She gives great concerts and you should also have heard of her or take the chance to see her live!
Sweet Lizzy Project
Sweet Lizzy Project is a young indie band. They sound like an indie folk band from Norway or Sweden, but they are from Cuba and gained some fame for the last years.
don’t miss them:
So check these artists out and be surprised by the variety of Cuban music. Of course those are not the only ones making Cuban Indie Music.
But for now :