The Caribbean island of Cuba is known for many things, one of the most famous products of its culture is, of couse it's Cuban music and dance.

The origins of Cuban dance was brought about by the arrival of African slaves who introduced new rhythms and ritual dances. These were incorporated into Cuban culture by blending them with tradition Spanish melodies and guitars. As this fusion developed, it became increasing popular and soon rumba rhythm, jazz and Conga were spreading!

Whilst much of popular Cuban music today is linked to the Afro-Cuban Santería religion, the most popular type of music is son. The son is a basis on which music such as the mambo, bolera and salsa also evlolved from. The creolized musical styles born in Cuba are still to this day incredibly popular and influential across the world.

Two of the most famous and widely celebrated Cuban artists are Benny Moré, considered the master of the son, mambo and bolero, and leading figure in Cuba´s big band of the 1950s; and Dámaso Pérez Prado who was referred to as the 'King of the Mambo'. Cuban musiccontinues to evolve and grow, with many great Cuban artists still making music.

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