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Las Alturas de Simpson

MIGUEL A. Bretos

in Matanzas

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813038100
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041568 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813038100.003.0011
Las Alturas de Simpson

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Cuba is a famously musical country and Matanzas is arguably Cuba's most musical city. Throughout history, the gentle hills of Matanzas have been alive with the sound of music. Some of Cuba's earliest décimas were written in Matanzas. Afro-Cuban liturgical music and drumming were carefully and lovingly preserved. Numerous Cuban musical genres had their origins in Matanzas or were created by matanceros, including varieties of rumba, guaguancó, danzón, danzonete, and mambo. This chapter explores the city's rich musical heritage since the eighteenth century.

Keywords: music; drumming; rumba; guaguancó; danzón; danzonete; mambo

Chapter.  6331 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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