Percussion instrument, made of a metal case on which a skin is tight . In the 19th century, the paila criolla was used in Cuba by the street musicians, before being adopted by the danzón bands.


Afro-Spanish dance, practised in Cuba during the 17th and 18th centuries ; probably, a variant - or another name - of cumbé.


Slow figure of the contradanza. The dancers are aligned in two files, one gathering the men, the other bringing the women together. The man at the one of the ends puts his arm round his partner’s waist and passes with her through the passage formed between the two files ; then the couple separates and the two partners come to line up at the other end of the files.


Song (or part of song) formerly used by the street singers in Cuba, and intended to praise their merchandise.



This singing form of poetry is frequent in the Cuban countryside and has a lot of local variations.
Its structure (decima metre) is found in many American musical traditions. Because of the rich possibilities of its rhythm, punto is an ideal basis, used in popular music and in concert music.

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