It took us some time to find this alley called Callejon de Hamel in central Havana, Cuba ….we could have been a tad hungover it was the first day of 2017. In the end we heard the drummers before we saw it.
This paint splattered back alley acts as a centre for Havana’s Afro-Cuban culture and is rightly famous for its free outdoor rumba drummers.
It was hot and I don’t just mean the temperature. The salsa dancers took over the alley, mostly women, as were the drummers and the place got very steamy.
The alley also doubles as an outside gallery of sculptures and murals.
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