Sounds of Cuba at Shelter Theater

By David Johanssen

Son Cubano is a style of music and dance that originated in Cuba and gained worldwide popularity. A large number of former black slaves, recently liberated after the abolition of slavery in 1886, went to live in the slums in Havana, and many of them brought their Afro-Cuban Rumba traditions. The emergence of Son significantly increased the interaction of African and Hispanic cultures. The Son was born at the end of the 19th century and acquired its distinctive musical personality in Havana in the 1920s.

Film
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
Fri, Aug 21, 5pm
50 pesos

Concert
Cubano and Boleros
Sat, Aug 22, 7:30pm
150 pesos

Film
Conquistadors: The Search for El Dorado
Tue, Aug 25, 5pm
50 pesos (in English)

Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, Aug 25, 7:30pm
30 pesos (includes drink)

Film
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
Fri, Aug 28, 5pm
50 pesos

Concert
Cubano and Boleros
Sat, Aug 29, 7:30pm
150 pesos
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 752

 

Come and experience passionate Cuban music in San Miguel at Shelter Theater on August 22 and 29. The Son Cubano merges an adapted Spanish guitar, harmony, and lyrical traditions with Afro-Cuban percussion and rhythms. Ignacio Piñeiro, the founder of the famous Cuban band Septeto Nacional, asserts that, “Son is the most perfect entertainment for the soul!”

Popularization began in earnest with the arrival of radio broadcasting in 1922, which came at the same time as Havana’s attraction for Americans evading Prohibition laws. The city became a haven for the Mafia, prostitution, and gambling, and also became a second home for influential bands from New York City. The Son experienced a period of transformation from 1925 to 1928, when it evolved into the most popular music in Cuba.

The American composer Ned Sublette insists, “This music is so essential to the Cuban character that you can’t disentangle it from the history of the nation. The history of Cuban music is one of cultural collisions, forced migrations, religions, and revolutions.”

Shelter Theater presents two concerts featuring Son Cubano Saturday, August 22, at 7:30pm and Saturday, August 29, at 7:30pm: “Cubano and Boleros”. Rosa Guadalupe on guitar and voice, accompanied by Remy Fenoy playing the “Cuban Tres,” Raúl Franco on percussion, and Rubén Olvera on bass. A San Miguel fan exclaims, “Rosa sings so beautifully with such captivating rhythms and such soaring melodies!” Buy tickets now on our website or at La Biblioteca. 150 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín. Telephone 154 7524 or visit sheltervg4.com to see upcoming films and events. Taxi concierge service available to/from Teatro Shelter.

 

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