Places - Cuba's Western Region

Callejón de Hamel-Havana

Rumba (guaguancó) is a secular Afro Cuban music, song, and dance tradition that lies at the heart of all Cuban rhythms. In the Callejón de Hamel, a back alley where, 20 years ago, artist Salvador Gonzalez decided to eschew the traditional art scene and paint on the outside walls of his apartment.  After the neighbors started to applaud his artistic effort, he transformed it into a large scale mural and public art installation inspired by Afro-Cuban spiritual practices where rumba music, dance, and rituals happen every Sunday.