Cabaret Las Vegas, located in Vedado, is a small intimate setting with a stage and a fairly good sound system. The bar is minimally stocked with cans of beer, but the musical fare is worth the price of admission. As is the case throughout the city, the price in pesos is not congruent with the dollar value which fluxuates with who is working the door.
Herrera's hip hop showcases draw a large, young and primarily Afro-Cuban crowd who show a great deal of enthusiasm for the music. Since the Hip Hop scene is small in Havana, most people in the audience know the performers personally, which gives the show a refreshing degree of comradery, something that is rather rare in the U.S. American visitors will find that the show resembles an underground/open mic performance than the Hard Knock Life tour. The young men and women in attendance know their hip hop and are determined to make their own unique stamp on the culture.
by alex b
Brooklyn, New York
September 2, 2002
From journal hidden havana