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Kiki Valera

Son cubano is one of the most popular musical styles in Cuba and Kiki Valera is one of its foremost exponents. Over the last century, this style of traditional Cuban music has contributed to many other genres of music including jazz, cha cha cha, mambo, salsa, songo and timba. Cuban son is the music that made the Buena Vista Social Club worldwide stars in the late 1990s but Kiki Valera comes from a family of musicians whose involvement with Cuban son pre-dates the BVSC by decades. Kiki Valera is the oldest son of the famous La Familia Valera Miranda septet, a multi-generational traditional music group from Santiago de Cuba

Vivencias En Clave Cubana

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Mi Son; El Caballo de Curingo; El Perro de Juan; Ferec'a; Se Quema La Chumbambá; Desenfreno; Déjame al Menos; Homenaje a Panchita; Para Continuar; El Sinsonte; Vivencias; Berenjena y Quimbombó; Mi Son.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kiki Valera: Vivencias En Clave Cubana

Read "Vivencias En Clave Cubana" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Son Cubano is a genre of music and dance originating from the hill country of eastern Cuba during the 19th century. Its origins are a blend of African and Spanish influences. Son vocal style and meter are of Spanish tradition, while its identifiable clave rhythm, call and response, and percussive elements are of Bantu origin.


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