Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca performs in the weekend-long online festival “Tunturuntu pa ‘tu casa,” from Havana, Cuba, in an Instagram Live concert tomorrow Saturday, 5:30 to 6 p.m. EST time.
This weekend’s performances represent the second installment of the event, the first live streaming music festival from Cuba. The previous edition took place on March 18 to 22 and featured artists such as Cimafunk, Daymé Arocena, and Alain Pérez. This weekend´s announced performers include Dayramir González, Zule Guerra, Haila María Mompié, Luna Manzanares and Suylén Milanés. Only today´s schedule was available at Tunturuntu´s site.
The event was organized by Tunturuntu, a cultural platform, in collaboration with Fonoma, a phone recharge service. Each artist offers his or her performance on their personal platform.
Having an online festival from Cuba is a testament to the Cubans’ ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit, especially when considering the troubled history and high cost of accessing the web from the island. In fact, in a story on Fonoma’s blog, writer Jose Raul notes that “the high cost of internet in Cuba, it’s an obstacle for the festival’s impact on the island, but is important that the message gets to everyone: stay at home, connect with your family, your friends and with music.”
Sound advice — in Cuba and wherever you are reading this. Stay safe.