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Young Artists Keeping Cuba’s Traditional Music Alive

“All the rhythms that we make aren’t pure,” she explains. “They’re more like developed rhythms, more fusion. For example, we love to use a street conga and mix it with a little drum and bass, funk; mix it up with the rumba. The tradition of Cuba is very strong to[…]

Yissy & Bandancha perform at The Sounds of Cuba at The Speakeasy on Friday, March 18, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

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Yissy with Bandaancha at Speakeasy

SXSW presented five Cuban bands direct from Havana on Friday night and the result was nothing short of amazing. To cut costs, four different bands used more or less the same rhythm section of bass, drums and keyboards. Afro-Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena invoked the spirits of the orishas with her[…]

Yissy & Bandancha perform at The Sounds of Cuba at The Speakeasy on Friday, March 18, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

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5 Women who rocked last day of SXSW

By Nancy Flores Yissy: Yissy García first got on my radar at the Sounds from Cuba showcase Friday night where her hip Afro-Latin jazz fusion band Yissy & Bandancha performed. She not only has mad percussive skills, but also leads the group. She’s the daughter of musical hero Bernardo García, who[…]


Yissy Garcia: The girl is a drummer and boy, she can play

by Fernando González The daughter of Bernardo García, an influential drummer in Cuban music, charter member of the fabled Afro-Cuban jazz rock group Irakere and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s band, Yissy García was supposed to be a dancer, a ballerina. Her brother was the designated heir in the family. “They would[…]

Yissy Garcia. Photo: Eric Morales.

Cuban beats

Rhythm pulsates through our veins like blood. And for Yissy García, music is not only her creative pursuit, but also part of her bloodline. Based in Havana as a jazz drummer and leader of the quintet Bandancha, she crafts the future of the genre by reaching back to Cuba’s yoruba ancestry[…]

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A Visit to Cuba (by Playing for Change)

Cuba is a mystery: why so much amazing music, so many great musicians and music genres in this small and beautiful country? Historians and musicologists might have a logical explanation to this but I still think Cuba is blessed and blessed we were to travel there to record and film[…]


Yissy Garcia: born with groove

By Gabriela Jimeno at Tom Tom Magazine Photo by Alejandro Azcuy Tom Tom Magazine: You had a very early start. Your father Bernardo García (drummer of Irakere and of Arturo Sandoval’s band) is an incredible musician and it is very clear you carry music in your blood. Tell us about your[…]


Yissy García: “Everything is collective creation”

Decir Yissy García en el mundo del jazz siempre arranca una sonrisa de talento. La joven instrumentista cubana ha marcado su propio estilo en la percusión a fuerza de empeño y osadía. Primero como solista y ahora como líder de Bandancha, su impronta artística va dejando huellas. Nada mejor que[…]