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Cubacheche is an organisation which focuses on celebrating Cuban and Afro-Cuban culture and music in the UK. It achieves this through the organisation of events, dance performances, workshops and tours. The organisation was founded in January 2007 by Carlos Hernandez and Olwen Comino James. Patrons of Cubacheche get to enjoy Cuban music, dances, art, and other cultural traditions. The name 'Cubacheche' was inspired by the Afro-Cuban cultural traditions. 'Ache' is Yoruba for 'good destiny', 'cheche' is 'good' and 'bacheche' is Bantu for 'very good.' Cubacheche regularly invites Cuban artists to the UK, and is planning to hold a series of larger events. The organisation has additionally formed a Cuban dance company known as CubaDanza, which brings together professional dancers to perform and portray Cuba's culture to the public. Cubacheche cultural events and dance classes Cubacheche regularly hosts a variety of events for its patrons. Every summer, it organises the El Rumbon Cubano classes. These classes are intended to equip patrons with new dance moves and tips. The organisation also has plans for summer parties, where visitors can expect a wide range of salsa and timba from the talented DJs Green Papi and Javier. Additionally, salsa classes regularly take place during the summer. The week-long 'Cultura y Cubania' in autumn usually coincides with the Black History Month and explores the common historical experiences between Africans and Caribbean Islanders. Moreover, Cubacheche is the UK's official representative of the Musicuba Artista Agency, which is one of the branches of Cuba's oldest and largest record company, EGREM.