Son is a generic term for the musical family of country music originating in Oriente de Cuba (Eastern Cuba), as well as a style within the family itself. Traditionally, Son was played with an ensemble similar to a Changüi, but the Contra Bass replaced the Marimbula and the Guayo was replaced by the Güiro and or the Maracas. Also, it is the first time that clave as we know play it is really present
The Cuban laud is a 12 string instrument originally from the Arabic ood, although it is much changed since then and bears little resemblance today. The main use of the instrument historically was playing punto guajiro music which was traditionally played in the Western provinces and usually in 3/4 or 6/8 time.
Another archive from DAT, sorry, no video, but a great lecture. This was from 1995 and recorded at La ENA in Havana Cuba. Enjoy this piece of Cuban music history.
This was a masters class seminar at La ENA in Havana Cuba. It features: Changuito - Percussion Carlos Del Puerto - Bass Pupy Pedroso - Piano
Another lost video from my house in Buena Vista, Havana. Probably recorded in 2002. It features a young Jiovanni Cofiño, and a young Yanel Yanes, both living in La Yuma (USA) now. Enjoy some fine Cuban Music.
This has been a terrible two weeks in the Latin music world with the deaths of Armando Peraza, Cheo Feliciano, Chuck Silverman, and Juan Formell.

I read an interesting article on cubanow.net interviewing Enid Rosales, one of the new wave of tres players in Cuba.

She talks about using the Cuban tres in areas beyond traditional Cuban son and popular music.

I just ran across a very interesting presentation on Tumba Francesa. It was given by Mirta Gomez at the beginning of the year for the Library of Congress. It was from the beginning of 2012 and I don't know how I missed it.

I have to say, I only know a little about Tumba Francesa and am glad to know more.

In 1993, the Cuban musician José Luis Cortés travelled with his group NG La Banda through a tour of Japan. At that time this important musician tried to achieve a different sound from what was already established in the Salsa movement that was dominated by Puerto Rican groups and singers. This was the romantic period of Salsa and the main musical ingredient inside her was the bolero. It had already received nicknames such as Salsa Erótica (the erotic sauce).
During the 19th century different forms for presenting songs appeared in Cuba, all of which were marked with elements that offered national pride. Among them the Cuban lyrical songs were emphasized: Habaneras, boleros and, in a very special place, the trovadoresca (or, troubadour-style) song form.