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The festival is organized by the National Center for Popular Music.
The 16th edition of the International Drum Festival, named after the famous Cuban timbalero Guillermo Barreto took off Tuesday at Havana's Mella Theater with a tribute to Papo Angarica, a Cuban percussionist and rumba legend in Cuba, and shows highlighting various topics such as "Drums and Women."
Papo Angarica used to lead the Son Yoruba band and advised many folk bands in Cuba and Latin America. The Yoruba culture, before it was sublimed in Beyonce's recent songs and photos, originally came from south-western Nigeria and was imported to the Americas, especially the Carribean region, during the slave trade.
Other bands like Nsila Cheche and Sintesis, as well as singers Luna Manzanares and Heidy Chapman, will accompany the performances of Salsa Mambo and Chachacha, Santiago Alfonso, Malpaso, JJ and Raices Profundas.