Every country has its own distinctive music style and history. These facts about Cuban music will give you a small insight into the fascinating world of music in Cuba.
Music that belongs to a certain country or culture is interlaced with the history of the land, and there can be no denying the connection that the local people feel towards that particular brand of music. Cuban music is said to be one of the most recognized and well-known all around the world, and the reason for this could lie in its creolized (stemming from different languages) European and African origins. As many different people started passing through Cuba, its culture and its music started evolving from its early Indian roots and became a fusion of various different styles.
Cuban Music Culture
There are various different categories that Cuban music can be placed into, and each of them has its own roots and cultural significance.
Son: This is the music that has been heavily influenced by African beats (and it is also the national folk music of Cuba), and it sounds very similar to Salsa music. The rhythm and the percussion sounds African, whereas the instrument that is plucked is similar to a Spanish guitar. The different types of Son music are Son-Montuno, Afro-Son and Guajira-Son.
Rumba: The Rumba is a drumbeat based dance specific music that is synonymous with the African culture. This led to the rise of Bolero music in Cuba, which is simply a slower and romantic version of the Rumba.