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Santiago de Cuba Carnaval

Listed under Music Festivals in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

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You know, music is all over Cuba - in the clubs - but also in people's houses and in the streets. For instance, in Santiago de Cuba (in the far eastern part of Cuba - the opposite end of the island from Havana), during Carnaval (in July) people come out into the streets for a huge musical party. Everyone plays music - musicians and non-musicians - everyone grabs anything that will make noise and they go out into the streets to play and dance the conga.

In our new album, Bach in Havana], we start off with a conga (the dance form, not the drum). The rhythm is absolutely irresistible. It is impossible not to be caught up in the frenzy of this infectious music. Many years ago, Desi Arnaz Jr's father was the mayor of Santiago. He banned the conga because it made people crazy and sometimes riots broke out.

If you are looking for a more mellow musical experience, you can also go to La Casa de la Trova in Santiago.

Written by  Tiempo Libre.

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