Percussionists celebrated the return of Fiesta del Tambor (Drum Festival)

Percussionists celebrated the return of Fiesta del Tambor (Drum Festival)

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Percussionists from Cuba and the world were jubilant as the “Guillermo Barreto in Memoriam” Drum Festival returned for its 19th edition, from 1 to 6 March, after a two-year break due to the epidemiological situation affecting the planet.

Percussionists celebrated the return of Fiesta del Tambor (Drum Festival)

On this occasion, the important drumming event put on its finest, as it was dedicated to Cuba, one of the Caribbean countries, and perhaps the world, most distinguished for its musicality. The best percussionists of the largest of the Antilles participated, with iconic groups such as Los Van Van, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Havana D’Primera, Yoruba Andabo, Pupy y los que Son, Son, and the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional, among others.

The Cuban capital became a giant stage, as numerous venues hosted the performances, including the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, the Amphitheater on Avenida del Puerto, La Piragua, Arcos de Belen in Old Havana, as well as several communities such as Los Sitios in Central Havana, La Corea in San Miguel del Padrón or Campo Florido in East Havana.

Percussionists celebrated the return of Fiesta del Tambor (Drum Festival)

Special moments of this great celebration included the tributes to the Muñequitos de Matanzas, which in 2022 celebrates its 70th anniversary, and to the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional, which has been working for six decades to revive forms of Cuba’s traditional popular culture.

As usual, participants enjoyed master classes in percussion and popular Cuban dances, as well as the international drum competition for professional drummers.

According to the organizers, this year some measures were adopted due to the epidemiological situation that still prevails in Cuba and the world, so it was agreed to limit the capacity in the various shows and suspend the participation of students in percussion competitions.

Percussionists celebrated the return of Fiesta del Tambor (Drum Festival)

In addition to respecting the sanitary protocols established in the country, the open dance competition for all ages was postponed until 2023 and several of the venues that in recent years have brought together relevant national and international artists were changed.

For Maestro Giraldo Piloto, president of the organizing committee, celebrating the festival this year constituted the best gift for percussionists, as he considers the drum as the backbone of Cuban music. “The best thing was that it was once again the event for dance groups, jazz players, art school students and fans in general from all over the world, who have been with us for over 20 years celebrating the concerts, master classes or competitions we hold. Doing it at this time became an inspiration for all of us who uphold our inherited culture,” he stressed.