Cuban music

by Shopify API December 11, 2018

Cuban music

It has been a very heavy day for drumming, we went through the store for a drastic change.
Now we have our friends from Ukuleleria and Juggling Store in the same store to share with them.

It was a very heavy move. I know you were missing my blogs, but don't worry, I'm here and I have a new topic very interesting.

What do you think if we talk about Cuba now?

That beautiful Cuba with its intense climates, its so joyful music, its humble and dancing people.

And it is that Cuba has been, is and will always be the most important music source in Latin America. The island has produced dance music that has traveled all over the world. Music at home is inseparable from everyday life and the history of Cuba.

The Spanish imported African slaves to Cuba until the decade of 1880. It is not surprising, then, that Cuban music has deep roots in African ritual and rhythm. On the contrary, there is almost no influence of the pre-Hispanic tribes that were effectively eliminated by the Spanish colonization. By the decade of 1840, slaves constituted half of the population of Cuba. They affirmed their different cultural identities through religions of worship. The complex rhythms of these cults are the heartbeat of Cuban popular music. The physical and emotional intensity of Cuban music comes from African ritual cults.

The rumba has its roots in the Afro-Cuban religion, but its modern repertoire is secular. It is divided into three main dances:
The guaguancó (flirtatious couple dance.)

Yambú (slower couple dance)

Columbia (acrobatic male dance). The rumba consists of voice and percussion, including tumblers, high-pitched conga drum and sticks (sticks against the body of one of the drums).

The vocal parts involve a leader and a choir. The rumba has key rhythms called "key." It is often played with a pair of round wooden sticks (keys). Around the key, intertwined rhythms are created. The basic rumba pattern informs Afro-Cuban music a lot. Rumba is usually sung in Spanish.

I guess listening to these songs, they're probably dancing like that ...


Danzón, charanga and the chachachá.

The Danzón evolved from dances from European countries, becoming the original dance music of Cuba. It is played by typical orchestra, which was developed from military marching bands. The dances and orchestras were gradually Africanized, becoming Havana. It is recognized that the leader of the Cuban band, Miguel Failde, established the shape of Havana in the decade of 1880.
Danzon's orchestras also created a branch called charanga, which replaced bronze instruments with violins, flute, double bass and piano. Charanga ensembles prospered for decades, especially in the mid-twentieth century. Charangas of younger generations include Candido Fabré and his Banda and Charanga Habanera.

The chachachá, created by Orquesta America, spread throughout Europe and America in the fifties. The footwork 1-2-3 was popularized by great bands such as Pérez Prado, Tito Puente and Tito Rodríguez.

We are going to leave this blog here, but in another blog we will talk about Son and the musical revolution of CUba.
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