Music and Dance
Get swept away in the scintillating rhythm of Cuba as the sounds of Cuban music entice you to experience everything this remarkable country has to offer. Whether you want to get moving to the beat of the salsa clubs or you would prefer to just take in the sights and sounds along the vivacious musical streets; this is the destination that will ignite an exhilarating and fiery passion for Cuban music and dance.
Fall in love with this charismatic Cuban lifestyle as you experience the sensuality, sassiness and sheer wonder of the country’s tapestry of dance and music.
The History of Cuban Music and Dance
Cuban music and dance have been influenced by a number of cultures and stem from a number of authentic musical styles. A lot of the dances and musical styles originated from a social club formed by the African slaves. This group was known as the cabildos and were responsible for most of the earlier forms of Cuban music. While the group definitely introduced the African elements to Cuban dance, there was also a strong influence by the Santeria religion. This religion brought about a whole new wave of colour, drum patterns and the development of percussion instruments.
Folk music, Son, Batá and Yuka have all become popular music genres and styles and include the use of a variety of drums, offering an eclectic amalgamation of cultures with links to a number of destinations. While these are all popular elements of Cuban music, the most famous is undeniably Rumba.
It is believed that the name Rumba originated from the verb – rumbear, which means to party or enjoy a party or activity. This is now an exciting dance number that can be adapted from ballrooms to the docks and sultry salsa clubs.
Dance and Music Festivals
Cuba is one of the warmest and most welcoming countries in the world and they grab every opportunity to showcase their hospitality. There are an astounding number of festivals and parades that mark the celebratory tone of Cuba to perfection. With dance and music as the backdrop for every occasion, it is no wonder that Cuba has constant buzz along the streets.
If you plan on travelling in July then you are in for a treat. The first week of July marks the celebration of Caribbean music and culture with the following week welcoming in the Carnaval de Santiago de Cuba. Admire the beauty of the costumes, the floats and of course the sounds of Salsa music and late night parties.
Every style of music and dance is celebrated in Cuba, so why not check out which festivals will be taking place and take the first step on a journey that will leave you with a love for Cuban culture that runs through your veins.
Music and Dance Highlights and Attractions in Cuba
Whether you are looking for a salsa club which hints at Afro-Cuban, Italian and Spanish elements or you would prefer to enjoy an evening in a jazz bar, the opportunities to experience Cuban music and dance are endless. Step into the beauty of restored mansions, theatres and nightclubs as you get swept away in the enticing Cuban movements.
Travel to the salsa clubs of Macumba and Havana or learn some basic moves as you explore Santiago and the neighbouring regions. Discover Casa de la Amistad and enjoy the club’s mix of music or go to one of the country’s most popular dance nightclubs; Casa de las Tradiciones is a must-visit attraction that will have you living life to the fullest – Cuban style!
Start practicing your moves today or plan on learning the art of dance as you enjoy Cuba to the max! It doesn’t matter how you plan on experiencing Cuban dance and music, just make sure you do!