Category Archives: Cultural Traditions

Perico Donkey

This donkey is neither the one that accompanied Sancho in the adventures of Don Quixote; nor Platero, a character born from Juan Ramón Jiménez imagination. It is about Perico a popular donkey in Santa Clara City, in the central part … Continue reading

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The Charangas de Bejucal

At the end of every year takes place the oldest of Havanas traditional feasts, Las Charangas de Bejucal. The congas go around the locality divided in two parties including the inhabitants of the place. The town is divided into two, the … Continue reading

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Caridad del Cobre: Patroness of Cuba

According to the legend, in 1613, two brothers of native origin and a black boy of nine or ten years old, went for salt to the Nipe Bay “in the northeast coast of Cuba”, and they saw under the sea … 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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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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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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Popular Cuban Rhythms

First of all, its required to mention the Son, which it is defined according to the lyrics of a song (Suavecito by Ignacio Piñeiro)as ” the most delightful thing to rejoice the souls”. It is one of the basic forms … Continue reading

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