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Declared May 8 as Cuban Son Day

By: CubaPLUS
Oct 03, 2020
Declared May 8 as Cuban Son Day

Cuban son rhythm, danceable vocal and instrumental genre, now officially has its day of celebration in the country, which also pays tribute to its great exponents such as Miguel Matamoros and Miguelito Cuní.

This decision, published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cuba, recognizes Son, native of Cuba, as part of the Cuban intangible heritage since 2012, consolidating the file for its nomination as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, reports a press release released by the Cuban Institute of Music.

The news has been joyfully received by several current Cuban soneros, among them well-known musician Adalberto Álvarez, who pointed out on his Facebook account the joy for already having that musical genre its day.

According to historians, the son was born in its structure in Guantánamo, Baracoa, Manzanillo and Santiago de Cuba at the end of the 19th century and was brought to carnivals of this last city in eastern Cuba in 1892 by the Tresista of Haitian origin Nené Manfugás.

However, the son became popular in the 1920s, with the National Septet of Ignacio Piñeiro, when its director created the well-known piece of Échale salsita (Pour sauce over it).

It is known that this genre has some variants, among them Son Montuno, the Guantanamo changüí, the Sucu-sucu of the Isle of Pines, the ñongo, and the habanero son, among others.

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