Kali Uchis
Lost and Found
Lágrimas Mexicanas
Manuel Galbán

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The Cuban dance style Danzon traces its origins to the Spanish contradanza, itself a product of English country dancing of the 16th century. Upon the contradanza's arrival in Cuba during the 18th century, it quickly rose to prominence as the island's national dance. At the close of the 19th century, the Cuban contradanza became freer and more spontaneous, giving way to its evolution into the danzon; originally played by brass bands ("tipicas"), by the 1920s performances were dominated by charangas, ensembles featuring violin, cello, piano, guiro, clarinet, flute, bass, and double drums. By the late '30s, the danzon had given birth to the mambo.

Danzon Artists Highlights

Kali Uchis
Kali Uchis
Manuel Galbán
Manuel Galbán
Lila Downs
Lila Downs
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Meridian Brothers
Meridian Brothers
Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club

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Danzon Album Highlights

Lost and Found
Buena Vista Social Club
Lost and Found
Lágrimas Mexicanas
Vinicius Cantuária / Bill ...
Lágrimas Mexicanas
Salon, Lagrimas y Deseo
Lila Downs
Salon, Lagrimas y Deseo
Area 52
Rodrigo y Gabriela / ...
Area 52
Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞
Kali Uchis
Sin Miedo (Del Amor y ...
Meridian Brothers y Grupo Renacimiento
Meridian Brothers / El ...
Meridian Brothers y Grupo ...

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Danzon Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Bruca Manigua Buena Vista Social Club
Mi Declaración Vinicius Cantuária / Bill Frisell
Un Mundo Raro Lila Downs
Santo Domingo
C.U.B.A. / Rodrigo y Gabriela
La Policía El Grupo Renacimiento / Meridian Brothers
Batuca Manuel Galbán
Bonito y Sabroso Beny Moré
Y Que Bien
Algo Nuevo / Juan Pablo Torres / Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nuevo
Tu Canción
Ochun
La Golondrina
Marina Rossell

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