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Changai and Decimas Music

World Routes, in Cuba Episode 2 of 3

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 09 June 2007

In the second of three programmes recorded on location in Cuba, Lucy Duran continues on her thousand-mile road journey in search of the island's musical roots.

In her search of Cuban Music Lucy explores changui music from Guantanamo, looking into the African and Haitian influences that helped create it. In Holguin she discovers the Mechanical Organ, “organo oriental”, and the voice of Beny More. As well as encountering the religious music of the Cabildos and the Spanish influenced countryside “Decimas” music in the colonial gem Trinidad de Cuba.

Music and featured items

20 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Guantanamo and Guajira Gurantanamera

    Lucy Visits Guantanamo and hears one of Cuba’s most popular song Guajira Guantanamera.

  • Music Played

  • Changui

    “Changui Guantanamo” demonstrate traditional instruments and the musical style Changui

  • Music Played

  • Influences on Chanui

    Jesus O’Reilly talks about the African and Haitian influences in Changui music.

  • Music Played

  • The origins of Chan Chan

    En route to Holguin Lucy finds the road signs to two villages, Mayari and Macane.

  • Making of the mechanical organ

    Lucy coming to Holguin to see and hear the mechanical organ known as “organo oriental”.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Ajo Brothers
      00:25

      Ajo Brothers Danzon Pot-pourri

      BBC recording on location.

    • Image for Ajo Brothers
      00:30

      Ajo Brothers Santa Isabel de la Lajas

      BBC recording on location.

  • Beny More

    Lucy and Jesus discuss Beny More, Cuba’s all time greatest singer.

  • Music Played

  • Trinidad, Sacred Music and a Cabildo

    Juan tells Lucy about the history of Trinidad and Lucy hears sacred music in a Cabildo.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Musicians of the Congos Reales, San Antonio
      00:38

      Musicians of the Congos Reales, San Antonio Makuta Trinitaria.

      BBC recording on location.

    • Image for Musicians of the Congos Reales, San Antonio
      00:46

      Musicians of the Congos Reales, San Antonio Tonadas Trinitarias Afro Cubanas.

      BBC recording on location.

  • Decimas Music

    Lucy and Juan discover the other side of Trinidad’s musical tradition - “decimas” music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Parranda Manacanabo
      00:49

      Parranda Manacanabo Decimas libres con la Touada la zanaoria.

      BBC recording on location.

    • Image for Parranda Manacanabo
      00:56

      Parranda Manacanabo Decimas libres.

      BBC recording on location.

  • The Guantanamo Province Border

    The Guantanamo Province Border

  • Cabildo in Trinidad de Cuba

    Cabildo in Trinidad de Cuba

    Lucy Duran takes an impromptu drumming lesson in front of the altar at the Cabildo in Trinidad de Cuba

  • Parranda Manacanabo, Trinidad de Cuba

    Parranda Manacanabo, Trinidad de Cuba

  • Congolese Ritual Salute

    Congolese Ritual Salute

    The traditional Congolese ritual salute to the altar at the San Antonio Cabildo in Trinidad de Cuba

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