The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine Presents
The 4th Annual Harlem Havana Music & Cultural Festival Celebration
Saturday, August 3, 2019
2:00 – 4:00 pm
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will host the 4th annual Harlem Havana Music & Cultural Festival, which celebrates the rich artistic connection between Harlem and Havana, and seeks to re-ignite the historic relationship that existed between Cuban and New York jazz musicians before relations between the U.S. and Cuba were suspended in the 1960s on Saturday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street).
The festival’s featured performers include the Afro-Cuban experimental dance ensemble, Oyu Oro, and Harlem artists, Keith “THE CAPTAIN” Gamble and The NU Gypsies.
Oyu Oro is the brainchild of Danys “La Mora” Perez ─ international Afro-Cuban folklore performer, choreographer, teacher and dance ethnologist from Santiago de Cuba. The company is committed to the preservation of Afro-Cuban folklore, as well as to encourage the cross-cultural understanding of the dance and music forms derived from African culture. While Oyu Oro’s traditional repertoire pays tribute to African lineages derived from the Yoruba, Congo, Carabali, Arará and Dahomean cultures of West Africa and Haiti, the popular dance choreographies also celebrate the national popular Cuban heritage.
Singer-Songwriter, Keith “THE CAPTAIN” Gamble’s heart and soul are rooted in the Blues. He can charge his performances with Funk, Rock, Jazz, R&B, and Soul, but will always lead his audience back home to the Blues. Keith “THE CAPTAIN” Gamble and the NU Gypsies present an electric, eclectic and exciting display of musical joy expressed in all genres. This Harlem born and bred band gives their audiences a taste of all the flavors of the community through rhythm and song.