Exclusive performance by Gente de Zona at the Habana Café
Among planes, vintage cars, classic Chevrolets, musical instruments, trophies and photographs of Cuba in the 40s and 50s, last Saturday saw the amazing performance of Gente D’Zona, one of the most famous Cuban reggaeton bands, with numerous fans at home and abroad and record downloads of their music from the Internet.
The Habana Café, at the Meliá Cohiba, has become one of the most stylish music venues in Havana, with regular performances from star soloists and groups from the Cuban music scene, such as Pablo Milanés, Buena Fe, Ivette Cepeda and Buena Vista Social Club, in a smart and exclusive setting.
On this occasion, it was the ideal place to host Alexander and Randy, members of Gente D’Zona, after their successful concerts in Europe and Miami and the recording of the video for the track Bailando, written by Descemer Bueno, which they made with Enrique Iglesias.
The fusion of reggaeton with Afro-Cuban rhythms and Cuban popular music is one of the band’s distinctive features. Accompanied by a collection of excellent Cuban musicians and guests such as “El Micha” and Manolín “El médico de la Salsa”, they entertained an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience, who joined in the singing and dancing for more than two hours.
The Meliá Cuba blog held an exclusive interview with the duo just a few minutes before they went on stage:
How does it feel to return to Cuba and perform in such an iconic venue as the Habana Café?
Alexander: Well, first of all I’d like you to know that our concerts were a great success. We hadn’t played in Cuba, especially in Havana, for about four months and we were looking for somewhere that we liked and that’s the Habana Café at the Meliá Cohiba, one of the prettiest places in our country and what could be better than to welcome our audience here? Anyway, let’s start the concert!
Gente de Zona at the Habana Café. Meliá Cohiba