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La Rumba

La rumba es un ritmo cubano de raíz africana, compuesta de una variedad de formas de baile, conocida desde hace más de dos siglos, y que posteriormente se limitó solamente a nuestro país. La Rumba. Foto tomada de Internet Este género musical es un producto que evolucionó en las plantaciones de caña de azúcar de La Habana y Mantanzas, cuyo elemento característico fue el baile abierto de pareja... 

“Sur Caribe” Orchestra, Flagship of Cuban Conga

Havana, Cuba. – Maestro Ricardo Leyva and his “Sur Caribe” Orchestra are in the elite of Cuban popular music and have succeeded overseas too. This band is on the threshold of its first quarter century and was founded in Santiago de Cuba, known as the “Caribbean Capital.” Ricardo Leyva, músico cubano. Foto tomada de Internet The theme “Añoranza por la Conga” made the people of his hometown... 

Cuban Music in the XX Century (IV and final)

Havana, Cuba. – Now, let us go back to jazz bands, to the danzon of new rhythm and the new Charanga in the beginning of the second decade that we are dealing with. Dámaso Pérez Prado, músico cubano creador del Mambo. Foto tomada de Internet Damaso Perez Prado had migrated to Mexico, where he introduced a dancing genre that stemmed from elements of the danzon of new rhythm, with changes in... 

Cuban Music in the XX Century (II)

Havana, Cuba. – One of the most important transformations that took place in that period (1940-50) was the cross-cultural changes in jazz bands. They assimilated elements of Cuban music that replaced US musical genres and expressions, which they had played in the beginning. Benny More, the Master of Rhythm. Taken picture of Internet Piano reached its zenith with performer like Anselmo Sacasas,...