Magic in Havana
Palo Monte, an Afro-Cuban cult
In the street there is a Palo Monte altar (or nganga) where believers leave their offerings. This Afro-Cuban religion, which is often confused with African religion, is ,above all, formed on the worship of nature and a relationship with ancestors through rituals.
Hamel is a temple for Afro-Cuban culture, that displays it culture not only on its walls but the building also vibrates to the beat of the rumba. On Sundays at midday it becomes a meeting place for dancers, singers, musicians, children and tourists with cameras over their shoulders. Here, the colour of your skin, your language and clothes don’t matter and you’re even forgiven if you don’t have rhytmn in your veins. As its walls say, “This place belongs to the human race”.
Revitalising the neighbourhood
Salvador began his community project when he realised the state of deterioration of the facades in this street in Cayo Hueso. The mural has managed to rejuvenate the area through the organisation of workshops and activities for children and residents.