July 8th - Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen and Friends

Melena's Cuban Jazz Quartet will be peforming for Debby Allens' Dance Class. 

FREE EVENT - 5-7pm.  Beverly Hills, CA.

July 22nd - Melena and her Afro Cuban Jazz Band

Performing at Trattoria 25. Time: 5-8pm. No Cover. Free Parking. 

Melena - Congas Shekere

Artie Weeb- Flute

Jonathan Pintoff - Bass

Matt Amper - Piano

July 28th - Oxnard Salsa Festival (California)

11am - 1pm.  Melena will be opening the festival on the Main Stage.  She will be performing with her Cuban Salsa band, featuring her two mentors Jose "Perico" Hernandez and Orlando "Mazacote" Lopez. Bring your dancing shoes!

August 22 - Radio Interview on WDNA.ORG ( Miami, Florida)

Host: Johnny Conga. More information coming soon. 

music education

DUKE UNIVERSITY - Durham, North Carolina

As a Cuban percussionist and ethnomusicologist, Melena will be providing student's Cuban music history and performance studies for a one week residency. In addition to  teaching congas, batas and shekere, Melena will expand on the African diaspora in Cuba and the socio-cultural influences of the Afro Cuban heritages, rhythms and their impact on popular Cuban music.  Fall 2019