Pablo D. Herrera Veitia is a 2018-2019 Nasir Jones Fellow at the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute (HARI), Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research, Harvard University. Herrera Veitia is an Afro-Cuban Hiphop producer who has also managed urban musicians and music-related projects in Cuba for over twenty years. He is arguably Cuba’s most influential beat-maker and a pioneer of the Afro-Cuban and Cuban Hiphop sounds. His cultural production work has contributed directly to the careers of many of the most important rap cubano artists. To his credit as a cultural producer goes the coordination of the Black August Collective showcases in Havana. A series of US-Cuba people-to-people music events, Black August, brought to Havana’s International Hiphop Festival, presentations by Mos Def and Talib Kweli’s Black Star, Hi-Tek, Dead Prez, Common, Tony Touch, and Project Blowed between 1998 and 2002. Pablo also helped coordinate The Roots concert in Havana, amongst other projects where he has acted as consultant and facilitator of culture between Cuba and a few other countries, most importantly the UK.

His writing has appeared in publications such as Cuba’s Revista Casa de las Americas, and more recently on where he is developing the site’s current profile on Afro-Cuban culture. He has been a collaborator in several major academic research projects on rap and reggaeton music in Havana. Some of those projects include Sujatha Fernandez’s Cuba Represent (2006) and Close to the Edge (2011)Geoff Baker’s Buena Vista In the Club (2011); Tanya Saunders’s Cuban Underground Hiphop (2015); and Marc D. Perry’s Negro Soy Yo (2015). 
Currently, Herrera Veitia is completing a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. The working title of my PhD dissertation is Sonic Tales: Understanding Afro-Cubaneity. His research focus is on the relationship between the sound of Afro-Cuban life, and Afro-Cuban citizenship in Havana.
During his residency at the HARI, Herrera Veitia will curate Hearing Afro-Cuban Rap, an exhibit of a collection of Afro-Cuban Rap songs.

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