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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Lucy Duran explores Matanzas, the birthplace of Rumba, with the help of Juan Jacomino.
Rumba and its origins
Rumba’s characteristics, dance style and connection to Afro-Cuban religion are explained.
Lucy discovers Danzon – the other musical style that Matanzas is famous for.
The origins of Danzon
Jesus O’Reilly explains the origins of Danzon.
Buena Vista Social Club
Back in Havana Lucy meets the Juan De Marcos, the man behind the Buena Vista Social Club.
Lucy Duran and her father
Lucy Duran talks about her father, a Spanish musician and his love for Cuban music.
Lucy finishes her trip around Cuba
Lucy talks about the professionalism of Cuban musicians and the strong oral tradition.