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Cuban Music Ensemble

Rated 4.87 out of 5 from 109 reviews.Havana, Cuba

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Experience hosted by Alejandro Y Olivia

2 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

Choose your instrument and play with local musicians.

Once at our music school you will be introduce to 3 of us and then you'll choose your favourite instrument. Then the show will start! You'll put your new skills to the test and play along with 3 Cuban musicians popular songs like "Chanchan," "El Cuarto de Tula," or "El Bodeguero." Feel free to record the session so you can take the music home.

Alejandro Y Olivia's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.

What's included

  • Drinks
    Water, Coffee and Tea
  • Equipment
    Instruments
From €42
/ person
Sat, Aug 8
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
€42 per person
€42 per person
Sun, Aug 9
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
€42 per person
€42 per person
Mon, Aug 10
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
€42 per person
€42 per person

Meet your host, Alejandro Y Olivia

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 109 Reviews
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We are Olivia (Bass and Double Bass), Darién (Piano), Ale or Ahmed (Percussion), Hanny or Marcos (Guitar) and many other musicians that enjoy very much to provide our music Ensembles to anyone interested in Cuban music. We will adapt the Ensemble to your level, if you have very little knowledge of music we will start with simple basic rhythms in order to learn the "Cuban clave". At the end of the Ensemble you will be able to play traditional Cuban songs with the "Clave", "Congas" or "Maracas". If you are a more advance musician, please let us know your instrument in order to adapt the Ensemble to you. We will work on traditional Cuban songs as it we were on a rehearsal. We will be able to provide this music experience outdoor.
We are Olivia (Bass and Double Bass), Darién (Piano), Ale or Ahmed (Percussion), Hanny or Marcos (Guitar) and many other musicians that enjoy very much to provide our music Ensembles to anyone interested in Cuban music. We will adapt the Ensemble to your level, if you have very little knowledge of music we will start with simple basic rhythms in order to learn the "Cuban clave". At the end of the Ensemble you will be able to play traditional Cuban songs with the "Clave", "Congas" or "Maracas".…
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Where you'll be

Our place in located in Vedado neighborhood, walking distance from Fabrica de Arte. We will be able to perform the music Ensemble outdoor and we will have available all the necessary music instruments.

Rated 4.87 out of 5 from 109 reviews.

Nithin
March 2020
I am a very amateur musician and my girlfiend loves listening to music but without much training in instruments. But this was such a unique experience and one that we felt was essential to have in Cuba. Music pervades the entire country from taxi rides to live music at bars to dance clubs. But the beats at the heart of the rumba, salsa, and such are where Cuban music come alive. Our hosts for this experience included three incredibly talented musicians from a pianist, upright bass player, and Ahmed the percussion professor. THey were all very warm and friendly and actually taught my girlfriend and me on how to listen for the music and how to engage in it. We got about 20 minutes of training on basic beats on a variety of percussion instruments and then we were joined by the rest of the crew to just jam with them. They paid close attention to how we played and kept coaching us in a way where we did not feel pressured or hurried to learn but also felt that they cared that we understood the music in a deeper way. Since that experience, hearing some of the songs on the streets had a different and deeper meaning for us. Would highly highly recommend this experience to music lovers of all skill levels!
I am a very amateur musician and my girlfiend loves listening to music but without much training in instruments. But this was such a unique experience and one that we felt was esse…
Steve
January 2020
There were four of us in the class, Alejandro and Olivia made it work for us all, by meeting us at our respective levels of ability. As musicians, and more importantly as *teachers* they were absolutely top notch. The level of enthusiasm, playfulness and laughter on display make learning and playing a delight. It was fun. It seemed easy, though we learned several claves, and played several songs all the way through. It was exciting to play with people that plainly love what they are doing, and played with both feeling AND exquisite timing. If you are a musician who wants a unique, full and quick immersion in Cuban music, this is for you! If you like music and are interested in having a really fun musical learning experience, this is for you! Five stars well-earned. I would go back in a heartbeat!!
There were four of us in the class, Alejandro and Olivia made it work for us all, by meeting us at our respective levels of ability. As musicians, and more importantly as *teache…
Loren
December 2019
This was a blast and something we could never, ever do on our own. The experience was unique and memorable!! We loved learning about the music and the Cuban beats. Do it!!!
Daniel
December 2019
Alejandro, his wife and Angel took on me, a Canadian and an American couple from Chicago, USA. We foreigners were musically inept but that did not deter Alejandro and company, from trying to mold us into musicians. It must have been extremely tormenting for these accomplished players, trying to teach basic rhythms to tourists, with no musical background. To their credit, I never felt a hint of frustration to our lack of musical talent. We had a final jam at the end of our lesson, a group hug and I left with the American couple, to go downtown for supper and listened to a local Cuban band. It was an experience to remember, for sure.
Alejandro, his wife and Angel took on me, a Canadian and an American couple from Chicago, USA. We foreigners were musically inept but that did not deter Alejandro and company, from…
Vivian
December 2019
Very special and amazing experience! Alejandro, Olivia and Maria are talented musicians and they are extremely nice. It’s a must experience for anyone who loves Cuban music. My husband, my son and myself we all enjoyed it and had a great time. Thank you very much!
Very special and amazing experience! Alejandro, Olivia and Maria are talented musicians and they are extremely nice. It’s a must experience for anyone who loves Cuban music. My hus…
Aaron
October 2019
If you love music this is the perfect experience! It was my favorite thing I did during my trip to Cuba! Ahmed was a fantastic teacher that taught me how to play a variety of percussion instruments. I also liked the explanation of different rhythms used in different kinds of Cuban music and how they evolved over time. After practicing on each instrument, two more musicians came, one on piano and one on bass, and we talked and jammed on songs until sadly the time was up. After they helped me get a cab back to the place I was staying for the price a local would pay ;) Bring some extra cash with you because you’ll have an opportunity to buy a quality made percussion instrument (clave, maracas, chekere, guiro) as well as a USB loaded with cuban music, sheet music, and books!
If you love music this is the perfect experience! It was my favorite thing I did during my trip to Cuba! Ahmed was a fantastic teacher that taught me how to play a variety of percu…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

More tips

You are not required to have any specific music level, all you need is to have passion about Cuban music and want to play alongside Cuban musicians.