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Arts, Literature, and Music

Cuban music blends Spanish and African influences. The Spanish introduced instruments such as a violin and the guitar. The Africans brought Yoruba songs, rhymthms, and drumming.  The two traditions had come together and formed what is now called the mambo, the guaracha, the rumba, the cha cha, and there also is the salsa. 
The first poet to voice Cuban longing for freedom was Jose Maria Heredia.  Jose Maria Heredia is considered as Cuba's greatest writer. The song "Guantanamera" is based on a poem by Marti. It has became the famous song in the world over and is considered the unofficial anthem of Cuba.
Visual artists and writers have expressed oppostition to the government through what they do, like art. When doing a play, the play often criticizes current government policies by illustrating Cubans hardships throughout their life. Ballet is also very popular in Cuba. Ballerina, Alicia Alonso had founded the Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 1948, and later on, her husband, Fernando Alonso had founded the Camaguey Ballet. 

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Jose Maria Heredia

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A sculptur of a Cuban Artist

DID YOU KNOW?!?!
 
"Cuba's best-known painter is the surrealist Wilfredo Lam. He lived most of his life abroad."

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Additional information about Cubans music