If you think that young Cubans are all listening to an old guy playing a guitar or dancing salsa to Los Van Van, you may want to think again. The electronic dance scene is very much alive and kicking with an energy reminiscent of the United Kingdom in the 1980s, when the youth were chasing the latest rave party around the M25.
With a loyal following across Cuba, Djoy de Cuba and Kike Wolf recently hosted the Electronic Music Festival at the Abreu Fontán Social Center. Over twenty Cuban DJs joined them in the festival, which showcased the various styles of electronic music made on the island in a party that lasted for twelve straight hours. The festival was organized by Proyecto Analógica, a group that seeks the professional exchange among DJ’s of every generation to encourage creative and quality music. Participating DJs included the ever-popular Wichy de Vedado, Eddy Gt, Iván Lejardi and Xander Black, but the highlight of the festival was the performance of GBass Beat (Bjoyce, Paula and Sahria), the first female DJs in Cuba’s electronic music scene.
If you missed the last electronic music festival, don’t worry: on Sunday June 2, 2013, Proyecto Analógica is hosting another party at El Castillito. Bring a bathing suit, it’s bound to be a party that you are not likely to forget.