Son Cubano

(Son Cubano is a style of music that combines Spanish guitar melodies with African percussion rhythms.)

Disclaimer: I am no music aficionado. Generally, I prefer quiet. It may be my age or it may be from years working in heavy construction where silence is rare.

However, on this trip I truly enjoyed the music. Personable, young Cuban musicians interacting with their audience, playing on old, inexpensive, Chinese-made guitars provided great memories.

This group, Son Villalba, played it all. From the high energy “Bailando” to the wonderfully light, almost haunting version of “Guantanamera”, to Hector’s guitar solo of John Lennon’s “Imagine” where we all tried to remember the words.

Magical moments in Trinidad de Cuba.


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Son Villalba

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“Painted” in PS CS6


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Note how this guitar is strung. Three sets of two strings produces a unique sound.

7 thoughts on “Son Cubano”

  1. One of the main reasons I keep going back to Cuba is for the music. They are amazing musicians playing, for the most part, on very cheap instruments. I do hope our new relationship will bring finer instruments for them to play.

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