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 traditional Spanish melodies and guitars. As this fusion developed, it became increasingly popular and soon rumba rhythm, jazz, and Conga were spreading!
While 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 evolved from. The creolized musical styles born in Cuba are 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 music continues to evolve and grow, with many great Cuban artists still making music.