Cuba Classics 2: Dancing With the Enemy

Cuban music was shaped by the fusion of African and Spanish cultural elements. Other influences appeared–the Afro-French migration to eastern Cuba from Haiti in the late 18th century; Italian song; instruments brought by Chinese immigrants; jazz traveling by sea route back and forth between New Orleans and Havana; and rock & roll, disco and reggae on the radio. But the Afro-Cuban musical identity remained recognizable, and that identity is now almost 500 years old.


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