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Folk Music of Cuba

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Folk Music of Cuba
The folk music of Cuba combines Hispanic stringed instruments like guitar and tres (a guitar-like instrument with six strings, paired in octaves like an American twelve-string guitar) with African percussion instruments, seasoned with a hint of Caribbean flavor. The result is a rich blend of song styles and dance rhythms. This collection, recorded during the 1980s, presents an array of music from across the island performed by both urban and rural ensembles. Included are examples of the Cuban son (loosely translated as “rhythm”), a musical style popularized in the 1920s; several forms of rumba and conga; and zapateo, a folk dance that is no longer practiced as a living dance form. The liner notes provide background information about each song.

Track Listing

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Punto Libre: Pinar del Rio y el Tabaco Cuyaguateje 05:20
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Zapateo Horizonte Campesino 01:53
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Tonadas Teodoro Medina, Manuel Rivero, Emilio Arias 04:06
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Abakua Group of Abakua members 09:53
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La Ruñidera (son) Son de Mayabeque 05:37
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Tambor Enamorado (rumba guaguanco) Rumbolero Rumba Ensemble 03:15
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Mi tierra es asi (guajira-son) Cucalambe Ensemble 03:59
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Oru Igbodu Omo Irago Bata Drum Ensemble 03:43
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Tiene que llegar (Guaracha) Grupo Estudiantina Matancera 04:15
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En el Manglar (yambú de Matanzas) The Afro-Cuba Group 03:04
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Toques y cantos del Cabildo Kunalungo Kunalungo Cabildo 03:56
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Cantos de Altar n/a 04:06
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Tumba Francesa cantos y toque (Yuba macotá) La Pompadu Tumba Frabcesca society of Guantanamo 03:36
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En el campo vivo feliz (guajira-son) Voces del Segundo Frente Ensemble 03:51
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Conga toque y canto Iyabo Ensemble 02:22
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Que rico es el changui Estrellas Campesinas Ensemble 05:02
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Maria Elena (sucu-sucu) Mongo Rives Country Ensemble 04:56