Listen to these 15 amazing tracks to set the scene for your trip to the Cuban capital Havana.
Cuban-American megastar Camila Cabello released this ode to the Cuban capital in late 2017. The English version features Young Thug, but if you’re not a fan of the US artist’s mumbling style the Spanish version with Daddy Yankee is a better bet.
The man behind the Fabrica de Arte Cubano gallery and music venue made his name as a rapper, and this is one of his biggest songs. X Alfonso raps about why he loves Havana so much over a catchy riff that will get you in the mood for your trip.
One of Cuba’s most famous pianists, Aldo Lopez plays alongside a saxophonist on this laid-back instrumental track.
Singer-songwriter Varela is one of Cuba’s most famous rock musicians. Here he shows off his tender side with a soaring ballad.
The incredible female drummer shows off her skills with her band in this jazzy number.
Classic Cuban rap duo Obsesion are known for their socially conscious music. Alexey Rodriguez and Magia Lopez use this song to rap about discrimination against Afro-Cubans in Havana and across Cuba.
This chilled out hip hop track has some great samples.
As Cuba’s most famous metal band, Hypnosis are heroes to rockers from all over the country.
This queer rap duo have done a lot to give a voice to an underrepresented community in Cuba. In this track they talk about the difficulties of emigrating to the United States and seeing the differences between the two countries.
Reggaeton duo Gente de Zona team up with Orishas for this ode to the Cuban capital.
The Cuban songwriter penned this melancholic song in 1965 following the departure of the revolutionary hero from the island.
Born in 1919, the singer went on to become one of the most popular singers in Cuba.
No list of Cuban music would be complete without something from the Buena Vista Social Club. Everyone will recognize this one.
It might have been released in 2000, but this hip hop track is as catchy as ever.
Another must-listen is Celia Cruz, the singer who retains a special place in every Cuban’s heart. This could be the most well-known Cuban song of all time.