Drum looking like the bombo criollo, but flatter as a big
pancake. It is sometimes used in Cuba by carnival bands.
Dance known in Cuba since the 18th century.
Dance practised by the Black slaves in Cuba in 17th century.
Afro-Cuban folk dance, only accompanied by percussions.
This dance is rhythmed by three congas : the tumbadora, doing the rhythmic basic ; the segundo
puts in charge of the counterpoint; and the little quinto
The guaguanco is one of the three rumba
dances (the others are the jamb˙ and the colombia). The fast and erotic guaguanco
is danced by a couple.
The term indicates also a specific rhythm.
This country music style is born in Oriente, the East aera
of Cuba. Derived from the Spanish tradition, suffused with soft nostalgia, it sings simple
ballades, in which interpretation is essential.
Original instrumentation is voice(s), guitar and small percussions. Later, a double bass
and other percussions will be added, when while mixing with the son,
guajira gives rise to the son montuno,
slower than the son.
Variant of guaracha rhythms, which had its hour of glory during
It is in the brothels and dives of the Havana port that this street girl grows in 18th
century. The guaracha songs, with their texts stuffed with
salacious allusions, are then pretext for a lascive dance hold in contempt by
The lyrics convey humorous critical jugements about government in place or daily
situations. Since its beginning, guaracha is like a popular
magaphone, in which the Cuban high liver and satiric spirit affirms itself.
The happy guaracha will survive in the most popular
neighborhoods, before succeeding in conquering places of better repute in the 30ties and
40ties of 20th century, because of influence of dance bands, or composers like Nico Saquito and Julio GuttiÚrrez.
Popular feast, joining together people who are there to dance, sing and to have fun.
Spanish popular dance of the16th century.
A long, dried and hollow calabash, carved on one its sides with deep scratches ; hold it
in your left hand, and rub it in rhythm with a small hard wood stick held in your other
hand, and here is the gu´ro.
This light and without claim percussion, very used still today even in electric
formations, gives a specific charm to the orchestra and plays a role comparable to maracas. The gu´ro is often
played by a singer or a chorus-singer : requiring a little strenght, it does not obstruct
him while he sings.
Old musical instrument, like a small bell with its tongue.
Also, name of a dance originating in Guinea.