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Afro Cuban

The term Afro-Cuban refers to descendants of African slaves in Cuba, and to cultural elements in Cuba thought to emanate from this community. Even ...[Read more]

Contribution by : Bo, HiFiSalsa 08-Mar-2005 23:40 - Last updated : 08-Mar-2005 23:42

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Bachata

Bachata is a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural marginal neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic. Its subjects are ...[Read more]

Contribution by : Bo, HiFiSalsa 14-Oct-2004 21:03 - Last updated : 18-Oct-2004 03:39

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Changuí

Changuí is a rapid form of son from the eastern provinces (Santiago and Guantánamo, known together as Oriente), and is best exemplified by Elio ...[Read more]

Contribution by : Bo, HiFiSalsa 19-Oct-2004 19:46 - Last updated : 08-May-2007 21:40

Clave

Clave is a rhythmic pattern which originates in West African music and was standardized in Cuba. The clave serves as a time-keeper and essentially ...[Read more]

Contribution by : Bo, HiFiSalsa 19-Oct-2004 03:43 - Last updated : 19-Oct-2004 03:53

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Los Van Van

Los Van Van is a Cuban band led by Juan Formell, a bassist who in 1967 became musical director of Elio Reve's charanga orchestra. ...[Read more]

Contribution by : Bo, HiFiSalsa 08-Mar-2005 23:37 - Last updated : 08-Mar-2005 23:37

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Nueva Trova

Nueva trova was a movement in Cuban music that emerged in the mid-1960s. It combined traditional folk music idioms with progressive and often politicized ...[Read more]

Contribution by : Bo, HiFiSalsa 08-Mar-2005 23:23 - Last updated : 08-Mar-2005 23:23

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Rumba

Abroad, rumba is primarily thought of as a glitzy ballroom dance, but its origins are spontaneous, improvised and lively, coming from the dockworkers of ...[Read more]

Contribution by : Bo, HiFiSalsa 19-Oct-2004 20:36 - Last updated : 19-Oct-2004 20:36

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Son (music)

Son is a major genre of Cuban music, and has helped lay the foundation for most of what came after. It arose in the ...[Read more]

Contribution by : Bo, HiFiSalsa 19-Oct-2004 19:59 - Last updated : 19-Oct-2004 19:59

Son Montuno

Arsenio Rodríguez initially developed son montuno from son. He added instrumental solos called montunos. He also added guaguanco influence, increased the importance of the ...[Read more]

Contribution by : Bo, HiFiSalsa 08-Mar-2005 23:30 - Last updated : 08-Mar-2005 23:30

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Timba

Cuban variant of salsa music, often understood to be a sub-category of salsa. However, the historical development of timba has been quite independent of ...[Read more]

Contribution by : Bo, HiFiSalsa 06-Mar-2005 02:49 - Last updated : 06-Mar-2005 02:49

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