Amalgam of diverse influences, this style becomes stabilized near 1880 in Oriente, region in the East of Cuba, popularized by the trova singers. In their boleros, they plays guitar in a special way, with syncopation, called rayado.
Tristeza, maybe the first bolero, was composed in 1885 by José "Pepe" Sanchéz, singer and self-taught guitarist. In the begining of the 20th century, bolero style really reaches Havana, and established itself in peñas and bars, because of musicians arrived from Oriente, like Sindo Garay.
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