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Trova Tradicional Cubana

The Trovadores or itinerant singer-songwriters of the early 20th century went from town to town performing traditional ballads called Trova. The first master Trova composer was Sindo Garay, whose work has been sung and recorded many times. Like Pepe Sanchez, Garay was musically illiterate; but his scores were meticulously recorded by others, allowing his talent to be carried forward to modern times.

In the 1960s and 1970s Nueva Trova moved beyond the simple romantic ballad into folk-inspired protest songs.