Friday, January 5th 2024. | Cultural Traditions

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 as a dance accompanied by a quatrain lyric.

Guaracha is characterized by a dialogue between the soloist and the chorus that has been related with previous forms of African rhythms. The topics deal with picaresque and popular notes.

The most frequent instruments in the guaracha music are the guiro, the tres, the Spanish guitar and the maracas.

Today versions are accompanied by clave, bongos and cowbell. Cuban artists Ã‘ico Saquito and Celia Cruz are among its most relevant exponents.

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