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Santiago de Cuba and Son Music

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Recorded on location in Cuba, Lucy Duran embarks on a thousand-mile road journey in search of the musical roots of this very musical island. 1/3: She visits Santiago de Cuba.

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.

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Sat 22 Mar 2008 15:00

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  • The Origins of Cuban Music

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

    Duration: 05:54

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 08:40

  • Music Played

    • Septeto de la Trova

      Mi Son, Mi Son

  • Son Music

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

    Duration: 06:59

  • Music Played

    • Septeto de la Trova

      Chan Chan

  • The Cradle of the Revolution

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

    Duration: 07:12

  • Music Played

    • La Familia Varela Miranda

      Nengon

  • Famila Valera Miranda

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

    Duration: 08:11

  • Music Played

    • Familia Valera Miranda

      Viva Bayamo

  • Santiago de Cuba's musical tradition

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

    Duration: 10:05

  • Music Played

    • Familia Valera Miranda

      Alle

    • Familia Valera Miranda

      La Chumbamba

  • Cuban Cigars

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

    Duration: 02:57

  • Conga

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

    Duration: 07:30

  • Music Played

    • Conga de los Hoyos

      2 Congas

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