Published on January 9, 2014
Havaneres is a project that explores a new way of facing self-publishing.
It began on may 2013 with the publication of the songbook Havaneres, which collects sailor songs originated in Cuba that are now an important part of Catalan folklore. They are traditionally sung during the summer in informal concerts with a mainly old audience.
Tropèl rediscovered these songs and decided to bring them back to a broader audience, paying homage to folklore and to everything that is familiar and popular.
The design is inspired by the old pocket songbooks and adopts the double-side system from tapes to tell the story of an outward journey, and a journey back. The A-Side shows the most nostalgic songs written from the Mediterranean, while the B-side is the view from the Caribbean debauchery. The two sides meet in a double page offering the recipe of Cremat de rom, which is a drink served during the traditional Havaneres concerts.
The book is illustrated by 18 artists from different european countries.
Together with the songbook the collective created a limited edition of marbled and screen-printed posters, to accompany the publication and satisfy the greed of the gourmets. They are the result of experimenting with the traditional tecnique of marbled paper, which is used to achieve unique textures that resemble the different states of the sea.
After the publication of Havaneres, the collective encounters the usual distribution troubles of small editions: high fees from intermediaries and difficulties to reach a broad public.
To face that, Tropèl decide to go ahead and opt for a street vending system. With that purpose they build a wooden carriage towed by a restored bicycle.
During the summer of 2013, Havaneres Tour passes through some of the Havaneres concerts in the catalan coast, visiting places as Tamariu, Begur or S’Agaró.
The route finished last september having sold the 300 songbooks of the edition.