ABOUT

Shabi  – Director

Shabi  has traveled to Cuba over 75 times since 1999. It was through the educational program, Semester at Sea, in 1999 that our director first traveled to Havana, Cuba. She was so moved by her experiences there that she returned to New York and began studying Cuban music and dance. Her passion then led to her establishing Direct from Cuba, an organization where she represented and arranged concerts and programs for various Cuban musicians in Cuba.

Direct from Cuba has successfully hosted, managed, promoted, marketed, and assisted hundreds of Cuban musical and cultural events in the USA. The artists have ranged from a single Cuban-American singer who lives in the USA, to Cuban musical groups with over 22 members that required travel to the USA. For Cuban artists who do not live in the US, Direct from Cuba has successfully petitioned for visas, arranged all aspects of travel; flights, hotels, meals, entertainment, etc. Our promotions and marketing teams have helped sell out prestigious locations like Carnegie Hall, Jackie Gleason Theater, Joe’s Pub and the Museum of Modern Art and received coverage and reviews by the New York Times.

In addition, she manages award winning Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco.

Shabi is the director of Blue Note Travel Cuba. Her passion to promote mutual understanding and foster the relationship between Cubans and Americans with a special focus on promoting music, art and dance exchanges. Shabi understands Cuba from an insider’s perspective and is excited to show you what we love about Cuba.

Cultural Island Travel will continue our organization’s passion to promote mutual understanding and foster the relationship between Cubans and Americans with a special focus on promoting music, art and dance exchanges. We understand Cuba from an insider’s perspective and are excited to show you what we love about Cuba. The time is now! Travel to Cuba with us.

TESTIMONIALS

What Our Customers Say About Cultural Island Travel

Richard Lemon

The company is as human as it gets. The founder is a young woman in love with Cuba and its music. She expanded her love through this tour company, of course the best way to start a business. She hires only like-minded, passion driven people. were sad to leave, but we anticipate returning soon to explore more of the country and culture.

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