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Santiago de Cuba and Son Music

World Routes, in Cuba Episode 1 of 3

1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 02 June 2007

In the first of three programmes recorded on location in Cuba, Lucy Duran embarks on a 1000-mile road journey in search of the musical roots of this very musical island.

She begins her exploration of Cuban music in Santiago de Cuba, the sizzling eastern city that’s both the birthplace of son and the cradle of the Fidel Castro’s Revolution.

Music and featured items

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • The Origins of Cuban Music

    Lucy Duran explore the origins of Cuban Music by visiting Santiago De Cuba.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Septeto de la Trova

      Septeto de la Trova Decepcion

  • Cuban Troubadour Tradition

    Lucy and Cuban Radio presenter Juan Jacomino are in the casa de la Trova, talking about the troubadour tradition, and we hear Septeto de La Trova playing a typical Son piece in the Trova tradition.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Septeto de la Trova

      Septeto de la Trova Mi Son, Mi Son

  • Son Music

    At the Casa De Trova we hear an example of Son Music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Septeto de la Trova

      Septeto de la Trova Chan Chan

  • The Cradle of the Revolution

    Lucy visits the Moncada Barracks in Santiago, “the cradle of the revolution”

  • Music Played

  • Famila Valera Miranda

    Jesus O’Reilly tells us about Famila Valera Miranda, an important Son music family.

  • Music Played

  • Santiago de Cuba's musical tradition

    Lucy talks to Enrique Miranda about the Santiago de Cuba’s musical tradition.

  • Music Played

  • Cuban Cigars

    Lucy and Juan visit a Cigar factory, and Juan tells us the story of Cuban cigars.

  • Conga

    Lucy and Juan walk Santiago’s streets discovering the Conga Tradition.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Conga de los Hoyos

      Conga de los Hoyos 2 Congas

  • Lucy in Santiago de Cuba

    Lucy in Santiago de Cuba

    Lucy Duran with a large crowd in the background, following the Conga de los Hoyos in the Hoyos neighbourhood of Santiago de Cuba

  • Luis Valle

    Luis Valle


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