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Cuba: An Island Dominated by Music

The largest Antillean island, which boasts one of the most powerful musical arsenals in the world, contributes that singular wealth to the efforts to support the dynamic growth of the leisure industry in today's world.

The attractions of Cuba's exuberant nature, beautiful virgin beaches with white sand and crystal-clear water, a history that is over 500 centuries old and its immense cultural wealth are combined with Cubans' ability to create music, which has a very broad origin.

Many experts consider that the foundation of Cuban music lies on the clash between Spanish and African traditions as a result of colonization, the island's geographical location, and the assimilation of customs from the most diverse latitudes.

Every epoch made great contributions to that amalgam of sounds, with romances, popular folk songs, ballads, and religious chants and scores from Spain, and percussion and folkloric rhythms from the black continent.

However, according to many experts, Cuban music has to run through your veins if you want to play it right. That was the case of Benny Moré, also known as the "Bárbaro del Ritmo", who made great contributions to Cuban music, even though he never took classes in an academy.

Another example is Sindo Garay, one of Cuba's greatest troubadours, who composed beautiful songs, although he lacked the most elementary musical knowledge.

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Troubadours at Arms Square
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In the late 19th century, the so-called Cuban "son", one of the rhythms that best characterizes the Island's strong musical tradition, emerged in the eastern cities of Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Guantánamo and Manzanillo.

However, Cuba is also salsa, rock and even jazz, with major incursions in strongholds of jazz, such as Ronnie's Club in London, the New Morning in Paris or the Montreaux Festival.

A true blend of rhythms, in which timba, rap, danzón and bolero go hand in hand, covers the whole musical spectrum in Cuba, where new orchestras succeed by playing all songs.

At the same time, outstanding musicians such as 94-year-old Francisco Repilado (Compay Segundo) tour Europe and America, where they sign new contracts to perform, and the veteran musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club won the prestigious Grammy Award.

Despite the passage of time, many people like to listen to traditional songs composed by Miguel Matamoros, Bola de Nieve or Ignacio Piñeiro, as well as new and old versions of unique songs such as El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor).

Cuba's musical panorama has a strong presence in discotheques linked to the development of the leisure industry and to the need to provide new offers for entertainment, including the most famous Cuban orchestras at present.

For all this, many experts say that Cuba is a country where music predominates, stimulated by centuries of passion in favor of rhythm and dance, which attract those interested in learning more about the largest Antillean island.

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