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by James Nadal
The traditional changüí musical style originated in the eastern side of Cuba, specifically the Baracoa section of Guantanamo Province. It was developed by the fusion of Spanish guitar melodies with African derived rhythms, and is the foundation for the Cuban son, which led directly to guaguanco, and salsa. Changüí Majadero is an adventurous ensemble which is reintroducing changüí to a new generation on El Changüí Majadero; taking it from Cuba to California and adding their own blend of syncopated flavors. ...read more