• Percussion Competition

    Percussion Competition

    This contest aims to rescue the tradition of Cuban percussion, characterized by the African sounds that sealed our music. It is open to all interpreters and awards the best by a select jury, composed of great masters of Cuban percussion.


    Requirements for the Percussion Contest are the follows:

    • The percussion instruments to compete are: timbales or pailas, bongoes, drums, congas or tumbadoras and Batá drums.
    • Each competitor will have the opportunity to compete in two instruments.
    • No professional or academic requirements to compete.
    • Jury is made up of outstanding percussionists who are in charge of granting as many prizes as they deem appropriate, and there is no right of appeal against the decision made.
    • The Organizing Committee will provide the venue of the event with as many percussion instruments as necessary. Play with personal instruments will be allowed in case they do not affect the rhythm of the event, and the jury will have the last word.
    • The musical genres to compete are the follows: Contreadance, Danzón, Cha cha chá, Charanga, Mambo, Son, Guaracha, Bolero, Salsa, Songos, Pilón, Afro or 6x8, Changüí, Conga Santiaguera, Havana Conga and Comparsa, Mozambique, Rumba, Timba, Congo (Palo, Makuta and Yuka), and Abbakuá.

    *Note: The Jury has the possibility to decide any of these popular and Afro-Cuban rhythms. In the case any participant had neither general nor partial knowledge about these genres, it would not be a problem to participate.

    • The jury will set the performance time according to the quality and creativity performed.
    • A minimum of 2 genres will be requested to be performed individually for each instrument. Competitors will have to make 1 or 2 improvisations in different musical genres, except for Batá Drums in which the 3 drums will be played simultaneously, understanding that these can be or not sung, and jury will determine the “beats” or what Yoruba Religion Saint will be interpreted in these instruments.
    • The Jury will evaluate –in each participant- knowledge about genres or styles, rhythm, creativity, and if necessary, virtuosity.
    • Those participants who won first place in previous instruments from domestic or international music companies such as: SABIAN, GON BOPS, KoSA, LUDWIG, PROMARK, SONOC, EVANS, Ae, etc.
    • The prize-winning competitors will be also awarded with diplomas and souveniers by national and international known firms or brands, as well as by Palco Business Group, the Organizing Committee and other institutions involved in the event.



  • Awards


    A First Prize of 1500 USD
    A Second Prize of 1000 USD
    A Third Prize of 500 USD will be awarded.
    To be awarded the same night by the President of the Festival Giraldo Piloto.
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