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Folk Music of Cuba

Various Artists
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.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

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Punto Libre: Pinar del Rio y el Tabaco Cuyaguateje 5:20
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Zapateo Horizonte Campesino 1:53
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Tonadas Teodoro Medina, Manuel Rivero, Emilio Arias 4:06
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Abakua Group of Abakua members 9:53
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105
La Ruñidera (son) Son de Mayabeque 5:37
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106
Tambor Enamorado (rumba guaguanco) Rumbolero Rumba Ensemble 3:15
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107
Mi tierra es asi (guajira-son) Cucalambe Ensemble 3:59
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108
Oru Igbodu Omo Irago Bata Drum Ensemble 3:43
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Tiene que llegar (Guaracha) Grupo Estudiantina Matancera 4:15
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En el Manglar (yambú de Matanzas) The Afro-Cuba Group 3:04
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Toques y cantos del Cabildo Kunalungo Kunalungo Cabildo 3:56
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Cantos de Altar n/a 4:06
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Tumba Francesa cantos y toque (Yuba macotá) La Pompadu Tumba Frabcesca society of Guantanamo 3:36
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114
En el campo vivo feliz (guajira-son) Voces del Segundo Frente Ensemble 3:51
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Conga toque y canto Iyabo Ensemble 2:22
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Que rico es el changui Estrellas Campesinas Ensemble 5:02
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Maria Elena (sucu-sucu) Mongo Rives Country Ensemble 4:56
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