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"Inspired by the Cuban musical production Tambores en Concierto"




TORONTO / HAVANA     July 21, 2015

Canadian film producers Darchien Pictures Inc. (Toronto) and Al Tecx - PerformArts International (Montreal) inks an exclusive film rights deal with the creators and producers of the internationally known musical production show "Tambores en Concierto" based in Havana, Cuba.


The production hailed as the Mother of all Latin shows consists of 120 artists on stage and is one of Cuba's premiere tourist attractions. It runs 365 days a year in a spectacular and historic open air venue (established in 1939) which is surrounded by a breathtaking tropical rainforest. The show has been seen by over 2.5 million foreign visitors.


"This will be the first feature film project of its kind to be produced by an North American production company showcasing Tambores en Concierto which will be the centerpiece of our story", says Hugo Sasso, the C.E.O. of Al Tecx - PerformArts International who consummated the deal.


The screenplay "Drums of Havana" written by Michael Jarvis (Director), Curtis Patterson, Hugo Sasso and Jeremy Hood is an urban, romantic performance piece with a unique cultural voice. The film will be supported by a sizzlin' soundtrack with a mix of Latin, R&B, Pop, Dance and Hip Hop performed by major U.S. and Cuban recording artists.


"This is a project that has been in development for over 12 years and the timing couldn't be better. It will be a privilege to direct and work with some of Cuba's finest actors as well as American and Canadian cast members. We're also honored to have interest from an Oscar Award winning actor and his potential participation", stated Jarvis of Darchien Pictures Inc.


Production for Drums of Havana is tentatively scheduled for February 2016 to be filmed in Havana and Toronto.




Live Performance

Tropicana’s "Tambores en Concierto" show is the mother of all cabaret shows based in Havana, Cuba. Acclaimed throughout the world as the oldest and largest Afro Cuban cabaret that first opened its doors on New Year's Eve 1939. One of the most lavish nightclub spectacles in the world, the show is set in the open air of a rain forest in Havana and has performed to over 2.5 million visitors. The cast of 120 performers consists of the best dancers, musicians and choreographers that Cuba has to offer.


In the 1940’s was when the first series of shows would be created in the Tropicana Cabaret when Cuba was a haven for the rich and the famous. In the years to follow the show Tropicana was born. Compared to the ones seen in Las Vegas or at the famous Lido cabaret in Paris during the 50’s, Tropicana has become a legend in its own right throughout the world.


The shows have played host to such renowned stars as Nat King Cole, Josephine Baker, Celia Cruz, Liberace, Omara Portuondo (Buena Vista Social Club), Marlene Dietrich and others. Many nights the audience was just as famous. Marlon Brando, Sammy Davis, Jr., Greta Garbo and other Hollywood stars came to the cabaret. In April 2013 Beyonce and Jay Z were invited guests to see Tambores en Concierto making the venue the ideal place to be seen.


Tambores en Concierto and previous shows have performed internationally in England, Japan, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and numerous other destinations.




“A sexy spectacle... these vibrant performers obviously love what they are doing.  So will you" - The Toronto Star


“Outstanding show! The choreography is breathtakingly sensuous...”  - The London Times


"Tambores en Concierto is the most delicious riot of colour and sensuality I have attended, and it's Latin which means the music makes you want to get up and dance" - Daily Mail


"Mucho mambo and rumba--A Joyous Cavalcade of Latin Music and dance!" - Financial Times


Invited Guests


For additional inquires for the Film or Live Show contact:


Curtis Patterson

Tel: +1 (514) 690-5559






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