Photo of Piloto by Roger at New Music Report
This is the one Cuban music festival I hate to miss. It's organized by Klimax director Giraldo Piloto
The 9th annual Festival Fiesta de Tambor pays tribute to some of the recently deceased giants of Cuban drumming including Ricardo “Papín” Abreu, founder of Los Papines; and Jesús Alfonso Miró, music director of Muñequitos de Matanzas. It's also dedicated to Changui and the music of Elio Reve.
The line-up is massive. Los Papines, Yoruba Andabo, Pupy Pedroso, Klimax, Conjunto Folklorico Nacional, Munequitos de Matanzas, Maykel Blanco, Pachito Alonzo, Eliio Reve, Bamboleo, Manolito Simonet, plus a latin jazz night lead by Maraca that includes Samuell Formell, El Panga and Memo Acevedo - my original timbale teacher back in Toronto many years ago.
The Festival includes workshops, panel discussions and performances scattered around the best known Havana venues including Teatro America, La Tropical, Casa de La Música Miramar, Sala Atril and Hotel Occidental.
Update: Speaking of drums, here's a photo of my new caixe drum, brought directly from Belo Horizonte Brazil by Aline Morales. So you know it has good pedigree.