OKAN embraces every culture and welcomes it as its own. The meaning of OKAN is Soul in the Afro Cuban religion Santeria. Blending pure Cuban Traditional Music, Jazz, and Afro Cuban style mixed with world rhythms, into music of great sophistication. A look to the past and the roots of Cuban Music with a Modern and fresh touch. Evolution. A step forward representing Cuban Music outside Cuba.
Elizabeth Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba and is a classically trained violinist. She was a Concertmaster at the Youth Orchestra in Havana, and since moving to Canada in 2013 she has been pursuing her musical career as a singer and violinist for several bands including the Juno winning band of Jane Bunnett & Maqueque and The Battle of Santiago.
Drummer/Percussionist – Magdelys Savigne was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba and is classically trained in Orchestral Percussion. She graduated with honours from University of Arts in Havana, Cuba. JUNO Award Winner and percussionist, vocalist, and composer with several bands from Jane Bunnett & Maqueque to Bill King’s Rhythm Express to The Battle of Santiago.