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Música Campesina

Although it has become an important influence on the modern son, Música Campesina [country music] is disappearing as a major musical influence. In almost all its forms, Música Campesina involves the guitar, some percussion and, on occasion, an accordion. The genre has been revived with new styles, lyrics, themes and arrangements by popular artists like Celina González.

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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.