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MatanzasThe Cuba Nobody Knows$
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Miguel A. Bretos

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813038100

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813038100.001.0001

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Las Alturas de Simpson

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MIGUEL A. Bretos

University Press of Florida

Cuba is a famously musical country and Matanzas is arguably Cuba's most musical city. Throughout history, the gentle hills of Matanzas have been alive with the sound of music. Some of Cuba's earliest décimas were written in Matanzas. Afro-Cuban liturgical music and drumming were carefully and lovingly preserved. Numerous Cuban musical genres had their origins in Matanzas or were created by matanceros, including varieties of rumba, guaguancó, danzón, danzonete, and mambo. This chapter explores the city's rich musical heritage since the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   music, drumming, rumba, guaguancó, danzón, danzonete, mambo

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