June 2015


Festival: Música Cubana en Berlin

Thursday 25.06.2015 6:00 PM | Entire House

Admission: Day Pass: 20 / 15 / 10 €

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen


Forced migration from Africa and voluntary migration from Europe led to the development of a plethora of music genres and dances in Cuba. The festival MÚSICA CUBANA EN BERLIN will be taking place from 25 - 27 June 2015 at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN. With concerts, dance and percussion workshops, films, talks, live music parties and an exhibition, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN provides a glimpse into the diversity of the Cuban music culture in Berlin.

Program: Day 1

In the 18th century, Guaracha came into existence, which is still today a popular type of dance song with often ambiguous, satirical or salacious texts;

In the middle of the 19th century, the unmistakable Son Cubano was developed; as were the improvised songs of Trova in the Eastern part of the country - a music which fuses Afro-Cuban percussion with guitar music of Spanish farmers.

The Mambo, which originally meant "religious conversation" or prayer or a sacred rite, is a popular type of music and dance, which was developed in the 1930s in Cuba.

The Rumba is a popular Cuban partner dance, which has become a standard in social and tournament dancing in many industrialized countries since the 1960s and in 2013 was declared by the World Dance Council as 'Dance of the Year'. In the 19th century, 'Rumba' (as well as Milonga, Bachata and Timba) was used to describe social get togethers accompanied by music. As a mix of dance, vocals and percussion, Rumba emerged in the black neighborhoods of Havana and Matanzas, but was also practiced in the sugar cane plantations.

Cuban music has always been very popular and influential outside of Central and South America. In the 1980s, the music made its way to Berlin - with Son Cubano, the Nueva Trova and Salsa by the internationally-renown Cuban bands Irakere and Los Van Van, Cuban musicians continue to shape the music and dance culture of the capital.



  • 6:00 PM | FILM | Cuba - The Cradle of Latin Jazz
  • 7:00 PM | WORKSHOP | Salsa (Direction: Carmen Bárbara)
  • 7:30 PM | LECTURE | Exclude, Accuse, Absorb! Cultural-Political Government Strategies Against Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop and Reggaetón Music in Cuba (Torsten Eßer)
  • 8:00 PM | CONCERT | Cubanaché

Day Pass: 20 / 15 / 10 €


An event in cooperation with and within the framework of 48 Stunden Neukölln



2000 | D: Torsten Eßer | Germany | 90 min | Spanish with German Subtitles

This 90-minute documentary is a journey through the history of Cuban Jazz - from the end of slavery in the 1890s to the Jazz generation of tomorrow. Recognized musicologists guide us through the different eras of this music.

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Since 2010, band leader Yuliesky González Guerra has been living and making music in Europe - here, he founded his orchestra CUBANACHÈ, which plays a fusion of Jazz and Salsa.


  • Yuliesky González (Trumpet)
  • Elaine Pérez (Vocals)
  • Lester Hojas (Vocals)
  • Jari Rojas (Vocals)
  • Norman Peplow (Piano)
  • Martin Mattuck (Baby Bass)
  • Isan Torres (Congas)
  • Wiljoph Mounkassa (Drums & Timbales)
  • Nils Marquardt (Trombone)
  • Victor Nacho Abreu (Trumpet)

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Carmen Bárbara
is a professional dancer from Cuba. Her dance styles include Danze, Modern, Afrocubano, Salsa, Cha cha chá, Mambo, Son, Danzón, Rumba, Merengue, Jazz, Afro-Jazz, Latin Jazz, Hip Hop, Cubatón and Reggaetón.

She is an instructor of Reggaetón, Salsa, Cubatón, Salsatón, Rumba, Son, Cha-cha-cha, Mambo, Afrocuban, Merengue, Bachata and other dance styles.

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