Listen to these 15 amazing tracks to set the scene for your trip to the Cuban capital Havana.
Camila Cabello – Havana Young Thug/Daddy Yankee
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.
X Alfonso – Habana
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.
Aldo Lopez – Maracuja
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.
Yissy Garcia – Te cogio lo que anda
The incredible female drummer shows off her skills with her band in this jazzy number.
Obsesion – Los Pelos
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.
Doble Filo – Repatmoferiando
This chilled out hip hop track has some great samples.
Hypnosis – Dominion (Cuerda Viva)
As Cuba’s most famous metal band, Hypnosis are heroes to rockers from all over the country.
Krudas Cubensi – Todavia
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.
Gente de Zona – Mi Habana
Reggaeton duo Gente de Zona team up with Orishas for this ode to the Cuban capital.
Carlos Puebla – Hasta Siempre, Comandante
The Cuban songwriter penned this melancholic song in 1965 following the departure of the revolutionary hero from the island.
Benny Moré – Mata Siguaraya
Born in 1919, the singer went on to become one of the most popular singers in Cuba.
Buena Vista Social Club – Chan Chan
No list of Cuban music would be complete without something from the Buena Vista Social Club. Everyone will recognize this one.
Orishas – A lo Cubano
It might have been released in 2000, but this hip hop track is as catchy as ever.
Celia Cruz – Guantanamera
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.