20 Songs for Your Cuban Playlist

First, a little history of music in Cuba.

Music is an important part of life in Cuba. The sounds are mostly inspired by west African and European music. The son cubano is a style of music created from the highlands in eastern Cuba during the 19th century. It combines Spanish guitar, melody, and lyrical traditions with Afro-Cuban percussion and rhythms. Cuban music has made major influences worldwide, particularly in Latin America, the Caribbean, West Africa, and Europe. Popular genres include rhumba, Afro-Cuban jazz, salsa, soukous, and Spanish fusion genres like flamenco.

This merging of music from different kinds of cultures. African slaves and Spanish immigrants brought their own forms of music to the island. The percussion instruments derived mostly from African slaves. They imported things like bongos, congas, and bata drums regularly heard in Cuban music. The greatest instrument the Spanish contributed was their guitar. Other instruments from the earliest Cuban music are the clarinet, violin, and vihuela.

Today, Cuban jazz in enormously popular both on the island and across the world. The world famous salsa loosely resembles American jazz, but the dance was largely influenced by Afro-Cuban forms. Rumba and timba are another two prominent sounds in Cuba. When traveling, there is no shortage of place where you can experience live music and dance the night away with locals and your fellow travelers.

For Your Playlist:

Yissy Garcia – Te cogio lo que anda

Doble Filo – Repatmoferiando

Obsesion – Los Pelos

Krudas Cubensi – Todavia

Gente de Zona – Mi Habana

Sierra Maestra – El reloj de pastora

Buena Vista Social Club – Chan Chan

Celia Cruz – Quimbara

Orishas – Represent

Los Zafiros – Ha venido

Carlos Varela – Una palabra

Nesty – Habana

Candido Fabre – La Habana Quiere Guarachar Contigo

X Alfonso – Interrogante

Camila Cabello – Havana

Santana – Samba Pa Ti

Omaro Poruondo – Si llego a besarte

Silvio Alejandro – Dios, my familia y yo

Ramones – Havana Affair

Descemer Bueno – Nos Fuimos Lejos

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