Musicabana International Music Festival Announces Americans Can Legally Attend Concert Events in Cuba through Customized Travel Packages, May 5-8, 2016

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Musicabana to Feature Largest Gathering of Cuban Performers in a Generation, International Superstars include Sean Paul, Carlinhos Brown & Los Van Van, More International Artists to be Announced

Musicabana in Havana May 5-8, 2016

Musicabana, the largest Havana-based international music festival in more than three decades, announced today the launch of Musicabana travel packages, which will allow U.S. citizens to attend festival music and cultural events in Cuba in full compliance with applicable travel rules. Taking place in Havana, from May 5–8, Musicabana will offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience with an extraordinary multi-genre bill boasting over 25 artists, bands and global DJs.

“For the first time, any American will be able to legally participate in a major cultural event in Cuba by simply booking travel through a convenient, easy-to-use online portal," says Musicabana founder and festival director Fabien Pisani. “We hope Americans will attend Musicabana in record numbers to experience Cuba’s thriving music scene and to help us build an unprecedented new cultural bridge between Cuba, the United States and the rest of the world.”

American Visitors can choose between Basic, Premium and Luxury Musicabana VIP Travel Packages, all of which include airfare, Cuban visas and activities compliant with U.S. Treasury Department regulations governing travel to Cuba. Musicabana's high-end VIP packages will also include backstage passes, access to VIP-only events, private concerts and luxury accommodations. For more information and to reserve a Musicabana Travel Package, visit musicabana.com/join-the-party/.

Musicabana will mark the largest gathering of Cuban artists in a generation, featuring performances by music legends and some of today’s hottest acts, including Pablo Milanés, Carlos Varela, Los Van Van, Orquesta Aragón, Havana d’Primera, Ibeyi, Pedrito Martinez, Yoruba Andabo, Juana Bacallao & Tiembla Tierra, Interactivo, Kelvis Ochoa, and Adonis & Osain del Monte, among others. International superstars Sean Paul and Carlinhos Brown will also perform. Ibeyi, the French-Cuban duo who have taken the music world by storm over the past year, will be the ambassadors of the festival, signaling Musicabana’s commitment to connecting Cuba’s musical past with its promising future.

Three generations of Cuban musical stardom have joined forces to bring Musicabana to life. The four-day, three-venue, first-of-its-kind festival was inspired by Cuban musical legends Pablo Milanés, Chucho Valdés and Juan Formell (to whom the festival is dedicated). Musicabana is being produced by Milanés’ Cuban-born, Brooklyn, New York-based son Fabien Pisani, in collaboration with Cuba’s National Institute of Music (ICM), the official local agency responsible for the development and promotion of the Cuban music heritage. Acclaimed New York events producer Chris Wangro, who has produced Presidential & UN summits, Papal visits, cultural festivals and spectacles around the world, is the Lead Producer of Musicabana.

The Musicabana Advisory Board includes: Pablo Milanés, Chucho Valdés, Carlinhos Brown, Joaquin Sabina, Michael Lang, Ashley Capps, Ned Sublette and Chris Wangro.

The Musicabana Foundation is the nonprofit organization leading the development of year-round cultural events jointly produced by partners in Cuba and the United States, aimed at creating a lasting and significant cultural bridge between Cuba, the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Musicabana is offering sponsorship opportunities to companies interested in underwriting what the organizers believe will become the biggest annual music and cultural festival in the Caribbean.

Musicabana Travel Packages are provided in partnership with Cuba Educational Travel. A U.S. and Cuban government-approved travel company, Cuba Educational Travel has years of experience organizing travel to Cuba and is considered the leading company in the field. Its experience and relationships will offer unique experiences and seamless travel for festival participants.

For information about Musicabana, visit http://www.musicabana.com. Stay connected with Musicabana on Facebook and Twitter.

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