A MUSIC & DANCE EXPERIENCE - LIVE FROM CUBA
If there is one thing to express Cuban mentality at its best, it is music and dance. Today, music styles like Rumba, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha and Salsa, which all originate from 4 basic elements, achieved worldwide prominence.
Percussions and claves were originally the only instruments. Nowadays, commercialised versions of Rumba and other fashionable dances like Mambo have developed by adding melodic instruments.
The „Son“, an exchange between singers and choir accompanied by the Spanish and Latin tres guitar, is by far the most popular Cuban music style. It was invented by farmers and sugar workers in Santiago de Cuba during the 1920’s. The rhythm is build by claves and maracas. Alongside with the massive and fast spread of the „Son“ more instruments were added, like the wooden bass, bongos and trumpets.
All together it results in a complex, polyrhythmic combination of tones, which sounds like the perfect chaos to European ears in the first place. But the defined and unique sound will quickly cast a spell on the audience.
The „Danzon“ has been rejected by the Cuban upper class for a long time. Today, it is the most popular dance style in Cuba and the origin of the Cha Cha Cha.
Travelling songwriters used the „Trova“ to sing beautiful but sad ballads. During times of revolution, the lyrics changed thematically and were used for propaganda. Later, the musicians returned to their original contents.
Today, tourists perceive a synthesis of African percussions with Spanish coplas and their orchestration as the typical Cuban style of music. „Pasion de Buena Vista“ presents you the whole range of Cuban music and dance and thereby transports the vitality and temper of Cuba to the audience.