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Matanzas, birthplace of rumba and danzon

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Lucy Duran concludes her thousand-mile road journey in search of Cuba's musical roots. 3/3: She visits Matanzas, the birthplace of two crucial musical styles, rumba and danzon.

Lucy Duran concludes her 1000-mile road journey in search of Cuba’s musical roots.

Lucy visits Matanzas, the birthplace of two crucial musical styles: rumba and danzon. There she records a session with “Munequitos de Matanzas”, one of Latin America’s biggest cult bands.
She returns to Havana and meets record producer Juan de Marcos Gonzalez who tells her the story of Buena Vista Social Club.

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Sat 5 Apr 2008 15:00

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  • Rumba

    Lucy Duran explores Matanzas, the birthplace of Rumba, with the help of Juan Jacomino.

    Duration: 05:20

  • Music Played

    • Los Muñequitos de Matanzas

      Congo Yambumba

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Rumba and its origins

    Rumba’s characteristics, dance style and connection to Afro-Cuban religion are explained.

    Duration: 09:51

  • Music Played

    • Los Muñequitos de Matanzas

      Columbia

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Danzon

    Lucy discovers Danzon – the other musical style that Matanzas is famous for.

    Duration: 04:00

  • Music Played

    • Orquesta Acierto Juvenil

      Las Alturas de Simpson

      • BBC recording on location.
  • The origins of Danzon

    Jesus O’Reilly explains the origins of Danzon.

    Duration: 08:56

  • Music Played

    • Orquesta Acierto Juvenil

      Angoa

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Buena Vista Social Club

    Back in Havana Lucy meets the Juan De Marcos, the man behind the Buena Vista Social Club.

    Duration: 16:17

  • Music Played

    • Buena Vista Social Club

      Chan Chan

    • Buena Vista Social Club featuring Ruben Gonzalez

      Pueblo Nuevo

    • Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo

      Veinte Anos

    • Buena Vista Social Club

      Buena Vista Social Club

  • Lucy Duran and her father

    Lucy Duran talks about her father, a Spanish musician and his love for Cuban music.

    Duration: 07:11

  • Music Played

    • Septeto Tipico de Sones

      Dime que si

      • BBC recording on location..
  • Lucy finishes her trip around Cuba

    Lucy talks about the professionalism of Cuban musicians and the strong oral tradition.

    Duration: 06:46

  • Music Played

    • Septeto Tipico de Sones

      Goza mi rumba

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