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The Importance of Music & Dance in Cuban Culture

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Some of the most treasured experiences I've had when traveling are musical and artistic encounters. When I was in Rwanda, a dance group of teenagers gave us a magical performance of their traditional dances and in Tanzania, a group of Maasai women taught me their traditional jump dance which ended in hugs. After 10 years of traveling all ...
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The Role Music Plays in Getting to Know a Culture

Whenever traveling abroad, I find a good way to get to know the culture and history of a country is through music. Whenever a significant cultural event takes place somewhere, you can be sure there will be some important music coming out of that time and place from the social commentators in the music world. From the evolution of blues music in the early parts of the 20th century, through the civil rights era of the 60’s, to the modern day, we’ve had musicians all along the way documenting their experiences and leaving us with a sonic history lesson of sorts. When people think of Brazil in terms of music, bossa nova is usually one of the first things to come to mind. Thanks in large part to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes’ 1962 Grammy award winning “The Girl from Ipanema”, Brazil and bossa nova music are inextricably linked...
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
Ha, Joycelynn, that's so true. I speak Spanish and love all kinds of Latin music that I appreciate for the lyrics as much as the m... Read More
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:41
Guest — joycelynn51
Well done, John. Of course, I felt like dancing to the music, so it didn't matter what they were singing about.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 07:26
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