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Changai and Decimas Music

Episode 2 of 3

Recorded on location in Cuba, Lucy Duran continues on her thousand-mile road journey in search of the island's musical roots. 2/3: She explores changui music from Guantanamo.

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.

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Music and featured items

  • Guantanamo and Guajira Gurantanamera

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

    Duration: 06:33

  • Music Played

    • Joseíto Fernández

      Guajira Guantanamera (part 1)

    • Joseíto Fernández

      Guajira Guantanamera (part 2)

  • Changui

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

    Duration: 08:21

  • Music Played

    • Changui Guantanamero

      Vamos al guaso compay

      • BBC recording on location..
    • Changui Guantanamero

      Trina el sinsonte ('The trill of the Mockingbird')

      • BBC recording on location..
  • Influences on Chanui

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

    Duration: 05:34

  • Music Played

    • Changui Guantanamero

      Calmante quita dolor

      • BBC recording on location..
  • The origins of Chan Chan

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

    Duration: 02:07

  • Making of the mechanical organ

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

    Duration: 10:25

  • Music Played

    • Ajo Brothers

      Danzon Pot-pourri

      • BBC recording on location..
    • 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.

    Duration: 03:28

  • Music Played

    • Benny Moré

      Santa Isabel de la Lajas

  • Trinidad, Sacred Music and a Cabildo

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

    Duration: 12:16

  • Music Played

    • Musicians of the Congos Reales, San Antonio

      Makuta Trinitaria.

      • BBC recording on location..
    • 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.

    Duration: 09:45

  • Music Played

    • Parranda Manacanabo

      Decimas libres con la Touada la zanaoria.

      • BBC recording on location..
    • Parranda Manacanabo

      Decimas libres.

      • BBC recording on location..

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