Music and art in Cuba today

Posted: 07-Jul-16 10:18

Cuba is one of the most culturally diverse and vibrant countries in the Caribbean and there is a rich array of art and music to enjoy here. The music scene is far from simply the traditional salsa many might associate with the island. Instead, think hip hop and jazz as well! Meanwhile, visual art is taking influences from Africa, Europe and North America. During your visit, take the time to explore all of the culture Cuba has to offer.

Music and art in Cuba today

The art and music of Cuba is influenced by a number of different cultures, including European, African, American and Asian. This country has been through a lot, including war, economic upturns and downturns, upheaval and revolution and all of this has been told through the story of its art. Cuba’s unique culture is fascinating and ready to be explored by visitors from around the world.

Enjoying the art and culture of Cuba is one of the best parts of visiting this fascinating Caribbean nation, along with the food and the friendly people. Ask the locals about their favourite places to see music and art, they may have some suggestions for attractions off the beaten track.

When it comes to musical traditions in Cuba, there are many different types to discover. Mambo, bolero and rumba are all based here and you can watch these exciting and energetic exercises performed live. The contemporary music scene in Cuba is a mix of jazz, hip hop and salsa and some of the popular modern artists are X-Alfonso, Danay Suarez and Interactivo (catch this latest at the Bertolt Brecht Theatre every Wednesday night).

Jazz is also popular and there are live jazz cafes you can check out in Havana. It may be rather unimaginatively titled, but the Jazz Cafe at the Galerias del Paseo shopping centre. la Zorra y el Cuervo and Cafe Jazz Miramar are best places to go.

Visual art is part of the national identity in Cuba and it’s influenced by European, African, Asian and North American elements. On the streets of the cities you’ll see a lot of colourful murals and in the galleries you’ll also find beautiful paintings and photographs. One of the best places to check out the art in the city is the Museo Nacional be Bellas Artes, which is located in Old Havana. It contains nearly 1,200 works of art that date from the recent era all the way back to the late 20th century.

There are also cities with great art scenes outside of Havana, such as Trinidad and Cienfuegos. The streets around the main square in Cienfuegos are filled with many small working studio galleries. Trinidad is also a great place to see art, as there are many excellent galleries. Check out the Casa de Aldeman Ortiz and the Galerie D’Art Calleyro. Take your time and stroll through the streets soaking up the Cuban culture.


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