Cuba And The Spread Of Son

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Cuba and the Spread of Son Music has been around since the beginning. It is considered an important part and symbol of traditions and cultures. Despite the long history of music, it was not until the 1920’s when a genre emerged that was the first to originate from black individuals on the streets, be made by the working-class, and feature traditional African instruments (Moore 89). This genre was Son. Son music began in eastern Cuba and then slowly spread across the nation as individuals migrated to find opportunities or got called into duty in the Cuban military. Eventually, the music was spread across Cuba and Havana became known as the center for Son music. The spread of Son music went further than just Cuba – it became a worldwide phenomenon. Considering Son music incorporated various African traditions, the genre was not able to bring full racial equality and faced many challenges when being promoted in Cuba. Considering the origin of Son was in the black streets, the African culture has strong ties with the music. Son embraces various parts of African traditions, including the instruments, beats, and words. The main African cultures that contributed to the genre was Santeria and Abakúa ceremonies; both of these ceremonies contain sacred drumming and songs to their religions (Moore 91). The music in these sacred ceremonies was incorporated into Son. This allowed the African traditional music to spread as Son grew in popularity. Whether they loved the music
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