Callejón de Hamel - Havana, Cuba

Afro-Cuban Music

January 2013

©2013 G J and J R Porter

Aside from its funky street murals and psychedelic art shops the main reason to come to Havana's high temple of Afro-Cuban culture is for the frenetic rumba music that kicks off every Sunday around noon.  For aficionados this is as raw and hypnotic as it gets, with interlocking drum patterns and lengthy rhythmic chants powerful enough to summon up the spirit of the orishas (Santeria deities).  -----------------------Lonely Planet