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Charangas de Bejucal

The small town of Bejucal, on the outskirts of Havana (about 50min from the centre), is host to this festival that is known as Havana’s oldest. The festival has seen better days, however, as recently it has known to have degraded to little more than a disorganized street party with predominantly recorded music. It is still pretty lively, however the glory days seem to be long gone, when internationally recognized bands such as Los Tambores de Bejucal graced the event with their stirring rhythms. Much like the Parrandas in Remedios, the Bejucal festival centres around a traditional rivalry between two conga groups.