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Canción Cubana Bolero

The slow-tempo Cuban Bolero is not related to the Spanish music and song of the same name. The creator of Cuban Bolero was Santiago de Cuba native, José ‘Pepe’ Sánchez (1856–1918), also known as the father of the Trova style. Blessed with remarkable talent, he composed songs in his head and never wrote them down. Luckily, friends and followers recorded about two dozen of his compositions and they continue to be heard today woven throughout the lyrics of various Son, Danzón, Mambo and Cha-Cha-Cha numbers.

The music of Cuba is largely based on its cultural origins in Europe and Africa. The arrival on the island of thousands of African slaves over the course of three hundred years created a wealth of new musical forms. Deeply rooted in African rhythms, the country’s distinctive music owes its melodic power to its Spanish colonial heritage. The lively, energetic Cuban sound has profoundly influenced musical styles throughout the world, an impact that continues to this day. Distinct dance forms, related to specific types of music, over time have cross-pollinated, evolving into new styles of expression.