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Bantu Music

Havana, Cuba. – Bantu music is a folkloric musical expression rooted in the numerous Congo groups of Bantu culture and language. It came to Cuba from Africa during the Spanish colonization. This music was created in the Island by black Congos coming from Zaire. They were mainly stationed in Colon, territory of Matanzas Province and stood out for their adaptability to the place. These groups were... 

Yambu

Another variant of rumba Greetings and welcome We have already spoken of rumba and also of one of its variants: Guaguanco. Therefore, it is important to comment shortly on another of its components: Yambu. It is an eminently Afro-Cuban dance, slow and with ceremonious movements and it’s meant to show on stage woman’s flirtation with man. It has some resemblance with guaguanco, but it differs... 
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Guaguanco, type or original rumba from Cuba

Havana, Cuba. – First of all, I should say guaguanco is the fusion of several Afro-Cuban rhythms known as rumba. This rumba type, substantially infectious, is sung in our language. It is interesting to know that its musical instrument par excellence is the bass drum, played with three of those drums. In addition, they use a couple of little sticks that are hammered on a wood block. Los Muñequitos... 

The Hymn of Freedom

Havana, Cuba. – “Every artistic creation is the child of its time and most of the time; it’s the mother of our own feelings.” Russian artist Vassily Kandinsky’s statement proves true every moment. For instance, take that transcendental hymn born 61 years ago in critical moments of Cuban national history. Agustín Díaz Cartaya. Foto: Juventud Rebelde The, called shortly after... 
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The women of Moncada: resilience and courage

Havana, Cuba. – Guanajay women’s penitentiary was one of the most terrible experiences suffered by Haydee Santamaria and Melba Hernandez, heroines of July 26 events in Santiago de Cuba and Bayamo. There were no other political inmates there; nor were they allowed to leave their cells. Melba Hernández del Rey y Haydeé Santamaría (Yeyé). Foto tomada de Internet When they were allowed any... 
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Cuba feels gratitude and love 61 years after Moncada

Havana, Cuba. – It seemed, indeed, that the Apostle of our Independence would die in the year of his centennial, but it was only an appearance. Fidel Castro Ruz. Archivo Internet. Under the disgraceful regime that took over Cuba in March 52, the Yankees outrageously interfered in every sphere.  Yet, Jose Marti’s star still shone fully untainted and pristine and kept convening the necessary... 

Raul Gomez Garcia: We will keep fighting

Havana, Cuba. – Who can say artists are not capable of dedicating body and soul to a social cause? Who can deny that when a poet writes he is expressing his innermost feelings and sorrows? Raúl Goméz García. Foto Archivo Internet. Poetry, with its rhymes and metrics, has been chosen by many writers to speak out and denounce shameful events. Sometimes, they have done it explicitly. Occasionally,... 

Guaracha, cheerful, joyous and satirical

Havana, Cuba. – Authorized opinions of talented musicians have always concurred that music should not be labeled as old or new; for the younger or for the older.  Music is simply good or bad or; or to put it in another way, it serves its spiritual and true purpose or not, no matter whether it is classic or the so-called popular music. In the latter we find, proud of its values, the typical guaracha,... 

Cuban Singer Elain Morales’ musical paradise

Havana, Cuba. – In a time when anti-values seem to proliferate all over the world, a young Cuban musician has come to ratify that love is an everlasting universal value. Elain Morales, músico cubano Elain Morales is a singer with an extraordinary and ductile voice, easily adaptable to the most varied rhythms in Cuban musical spectrum. “The world lives incredible moments”, – he said... 
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Cuban music (IV)

The influence of African culture Havana, Cuba. – You remember probably I’ve already told you about the origin and formation of Cuban music and its aboriginal and colonial stages. Origen y formación de la música cubana This time, it is indispensable to brief you on the influence of African culture. First of all, I must say that after the indigenous population was annihilated, the Spaniards introduced... 
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