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Cuban Culture

Culture affects the music and vice versa. On these pages we explore the unique and not so unique aspects of Cuban culture and how they affect the music and dance of Cuba.

Casino Rueda

Casino Rueda

By Jon Griffin Casino Rueda (Rueda de Casino) is a group dance and features two or more couples who exchange partners based on someone calling the turns. Rueda means wheel in Spanish and Casino is the term in Cuba for what we call in the US, “S...
Cuban Santería

Cuban Santería

The term Afrocuban-Music  includes music of ritual, festive-religious as well as secular events. These are directly tied to the musical cultures of Africa. These African musical traditions were all included in one form or another when Cuban music w...

Olavo Alen Rodriguez On Cuban Santeria

Santería By Olavo Alén Rodríguez © 2008-2009 Jon Griffin   The Yoruba slaves, brought to Cuba during the latter end of the 18th century, recreated many forms of life, traditions and customs in this part of the New World just as they had ...
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