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Drum similar to the bombo,
but flatter (thus the name). It is sometimes used
by carnival groups.
A popular dance in Cuba since the 18th Century.
Name of a popular dance among black slaves in
Cuba in the 17th Century.
Folkloric Afro-Cuban dance, accompanied only by
percussion instrumentation: the tumbadora,
the segundo and the quinto.The
guaguanco is one of the three parts of the rumba
(together with the yambú
and the columbia).
This fast and clearly erotic dance is danced in
EThis form of country song emerged in Oriente,
the eastern region of Cuba. Derived from Spanish
tradition, the lyric content is sometimes sad
or longing, nostalgic or expressing the difficulties
of an impoverished life-style. The singer is accompanied
by a guitar and a set of small percussion instruments.
Later a double bass was added along with other
percussion instruments, when the mixture with
the son gave
way to the son
montuno, slower that the son.
Variant of the guaracha
It is the portside brothels and taverns in Havana
that the guaracha emerges in the 18th Century.
The guaracha songs have words full of salacious
allusions, with humoristic criticism of the governing
power or of everyday situations. Since its beginnings,
the guaracha has been a popular spokes medium,
which reinforces the satirical party spirit so
loved by the Cubans.
The guaracha survived in the lower classes before
conquering places of higher regard in the mid
20th Century, particularly with the influence
of groups playing dance music and composers such
as Nico Saquito or Julio Gutiérrez that
took possession of the style, causing the genre
to become a hybrid, namely the guaracha- son
Popular celebration where the people get together
to dance, sing and have fun.
Popular Spanish dance of the 16th Century
A serrated Calabash gourd, with ridges carved
in the skin, scraped with a stick and used as
an instrument. It is played with the left hand.
This light percussion instrument is still very
much used in electric bands, adding charm to the
group and a close role to the maracas.
The güiro is usually played by a singer or
chorus man: requiring little physical effort,
it does not interfere with the singing.
Ancient instrument in the form of a small bell
with a clapper. It also refers to a dance of Guinean