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The Regla Conga or Palo Monte

This religious expression in has its roots in the cults practiced in the kingdom of Congo and other subordinated monarchies of Bantu origin. The western ethnology gathered under the same denomination the community of peoples from western, central and south Africa, that … Continue reading

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Oddúa

It is said that when Olofi wanted to create the World, came down with Obatalá. During the process of creation, marvellous things were made, but also many others failed, and some others were left unfinished. For instance he made men without heads, and … Continue reading

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The Son de la Ma Teodora

A great mystery is around the popular Son de la Ma Teodora (Mum Teodoras Son). Some researchers affirm there is no document to testify its real existence and origin, and some others support the idea that it is a functional piece of … Continue reading

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Guaracha

Between the decades of the twenties and the fifties a dance style and song original from Cuba and the Spanish Antilles achieved great popularity and it was called Guaracha. There is an antecedent in the 18th Century, when it was created … Continue reading

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Ochosi

Ochosi (Santiago Archangel), son of Yemaya, is a major orisha. He is the patron of those in trouble with justice; he is magician, fortune teller, warrior, fisherman and hunter. When invoked he is called as Ochosi Ode Mata, and he is the owner … Continue reading

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Rumba and Guaguanco

Typical of the transculturation process that took place in Cuba, in the 19th Century, a mixture of black people music with that of Spanish origin occurred. Rumba evolved in the western part of the country, shaped by three fundamental variants: … Continue reading

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Timba

It is a controversial Cuban popular rhythm, whose origins come from the racial prejudices against the Afro-Cuban cultural expressions of the 19th Century. Timba came after the proliferation of “new rhythms” in the sixties (Pachanga, Pilon, Mozambique, etc). Cuban musical … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Cuba Traditions Website

Cuban traditions are rich in part due to the racial mix which brings together religions, music, arts, cultures, foods, drinks and more from several places f the world. In this site we will guide you to explore the diversity of … Continue reading

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Cuba Culture News

Calle 13 and Buena Fe Celebrate Anniversary of Caracas Wed, 2010-07-28 22:40 Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 and Cuban group Buena Fe will join their voices next Saturday to celebrate the 443rd founding anniversary of this city, during a concert … Continue reading

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A Guateque Campesino

This is the celebration of the people living in the Cuban countryside, where the farmers tunes sound with the conspiracy of typical instruments as the tres, the laúd, the güiro and the guitar. These parties include dances as the zapateo … Continue reading

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