On May 4th through the 6th, there was a groundbreaking music festival in Cuba, a musical signal of the beginning of the end of the "cultural embargo" between Cuba and the US.
I put "cultural embargo" in scare quotes because despite politicians' best efforts, Cuba's cultural influence radiates far beyond the confines of the island itself (and no, I'm not talking about Pit Bull) - so Manana the music festival was a long time coming. For three days in the capital of Santiago de Cuba, international artists, vendors, performers, and sponsors came together to celebrate the musical heritage of the island and all of its modern iterations.
For those of us fools who missed the memo and didn't make it to the island quick enough, there's also a podcast featuring many of the prominent artists who performed at Manana. Check a few of them below and keep your fingers crossed that Manana will be back again in 2017.