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Music of Cuba

The music of Cuba, including its instruments, performance and dance, comprises a large set of unique traditions influenced mostly by west African and European music. Due to the syncretic nature of most of its genres, Cuban music is often considered one of the richest and most influential regional musics of the world. For instance, the son cubano merges an adapted Spanish guitar, melody, harmony, and lyrical traditions with Afro-Cuban percussion and rhythms. Almost nothing remains of the original native traditions, since the native population was exterminated in the 16th century. Since the 19th century Cuban music has been hugely popular and influential throughout the world. It has been perhaps the most popular form of regional music since the introduction of recording technology. Cuban music has contributed to the development of a wide variety of genre and musical styles around the globe, most notably in Latin America, the Caribbean, West Africa and Europe. Celia Cruz Benny Moré Omara Portuondo Ibrahim Ferrer Compay Segundo Danay Suarez La Lupe Olga Guillot Bola de Nieve Descemer Bueno Juan de Marcos González Alexander Abreu Machito Barbarito Diez Camila Cabello Merceditas Valdés Antonio Machín Eliades Ochoa Issac Delgado El Micha Silvio Rodríguez Carlos Puebla Albita Rodríguez Isolina Carrillo Miguelito Valdés María Teresa Vera El Chacal Guillermo Portabales Elena Burke Paulina Álvarez Haydée Milanés Celina González César Portillo de la Luz Haila Mompié Rita Montaner Ñico Saquito Margarita Lecuona Esther Borja Bienvenido Granda Celeste Mendoza Miguel Matamoros Cucu Diamantes Lorenzo Hierrezuelo Blanca Rosa Gil Andy Garcia Francisco Fellove Osmani Garcia Puntillita Rosendo Ruiz Rosita Fornés