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Latin BeatDance, dance, dance! This music will have you moving in no time, its infectious good humour blowing away all the cobwebs. We may not all be TV stars, but we can all still enjoy the style and rhythm of this great music. Evocative titles and fast paced music bring the sounds and scents of the real Cuba to life.1 La habana vieja2 One black bean3 Sugar cane4 Pelicano pelicano5 Scuba dive6 Scent of Mariposa7 1920s blend8 Hills of Oriente9 Onward to Cabo Maisi10 Fusion11 Sun still shines12 Big belly palm13 Ride the rhythm14 HitchhikeCCL CDG1209Cover image: 1950s car driving past 'Viva Cuba' billboard, Ian McKinnell, The Image Bank/Getty ImagesP & C 2008 Classical Communications LtdMade in Great BritainLatin BeatReligion and politics have been an overriding influence on the music of Cuba, much, in fact, in the same way that the church and state were important drivers of music in Western Europe from the origins of polyphony in the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris onwards, although many of the musical outcomes have been very different!Cuban music has its roots in Spain and West Africa, and its musical forms and styles evolved initially through the cultural influences of the cabildos, a type of social club brought to the island by African slaves. The cabildos were essential elements in the survival of African cultural traditions, including music and rhythm, even after the Emancipation of the late nineteenth century, when the people were taught to adopt many of the ideologies of the Roman Catholic church. For a hundred years or so, Cuban music developed in its own way and was little known beyond the island's shores. The success of the Buena Vista Social Club in the late 1990s changed all that for ever! Now we all know and love the rhythms and style of Cuban rumba and salsa, and we all want to dance!
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