Conga Series - Anatomy of the Parade

Where does the rhythm come from?

Santiago de Cuba was once a great port city, the original capital of Cuba and a strategic, economic jewel of the Spanish empire. Because of it’s geographical location, (the closest island port to Spain in the new world), the size and depth of it’s port, and natural defensive architecture, Santiago became the last debarkation point before the big trip across the Atlantic. And too, the first port of call in the Caribbean for a whole host of ships from round the world. A lot of resources and gold passed hands through the city, a center for economic growth with lucrative opportunities and work and thus people from everywhere with hopes and dreams arrived with an intent to make deals, make money, buy land, grow sugar, grow coffee, better themselves or wrests themselves free once again.
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Being the capital and main port of call for soldiers, sailors and slaves, freed slaves and merchants, planters, farmers, musicians and all those with a burning hope for something more from the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, a free-flow of ideas began fostered by an exchange of customs and commerce from many cultures in the markets and gambling houses and bordellos and bars and shops which is always the most fertile soil for new rhythm growth – for sound recognizes no race, religion, bondage, nor boundaries and within the connections and collisions of these great cultural ports of the world something wonderful in rhythm and sound always emerges. Some of the rhythms born out of the of the Santiago de Cuba Conga beat are Montuno


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