Cuban Music Styles

Kiriba is a style of Son from a different area of Cuba. It mostly originated in the Baracoa area, which is also where the Changüi was created. In fact where the fusion of Kiriba and Nengon takes place is where Changüi is invented. And where Nengon evolved, it evolved into Son.
Nengon was the precursor to both Son and Changüi. It evolved into Son in Santiago de Cuba and Changüi (when it fused with Kiriba) in Guantanamo province.
Punto Guajiro (also called Punto Cubano) is the country music from the Western and Central provinces of Cuba. This style began to become popular around the end of the 18th century, mainly as a social event. Remember that in the east there were changui's, in Havana and Matanzas there were rumba’s. The punto is the same thing, a party in which the music played became a genre.
La nueva trova, fenomeno estetico nacido en la segunda mitad de la decada del 60 en la mayor de las islas del caribe, es la cantinuacion de movimientos trovadorezcos anteriores como la llamada Trova Tradicional y el Feeling. Para hablar de este ultimo moviento dentro de la cancion cubana, es preciso dar un pequeo paseo por la historia de ellos.
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.
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).


The Marimbula belongs to sansa family of that originated from the Bantu cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. The sansa instruments create sound by plucking or striking the metal fingers. Sansas also include the Kalimba or African thumb piano. Unlike the Kalimba, the Marímbula can be easily tuned and therefore used harmonically as well as rhythmically.

Cuban Culture

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 been observed previously on the African continent. One of the most important cultural aspects that these slaves brought was that of the religious system of the Orishas, professed in Africa by the Yorubas people.