History of Latino-Caribbean Music
CUBA   <page 6>

Modern Salsa music and dancing has its roots in the son, a style which originated in eastern Cuba. It has been said that the son embodies the essences of Cuba and it is the most influential and widespread forms of all Latin American music. Its most characteristic instruments are the Cuban guitar known, as the tres, and the double-headed bongó.  

Another popular style in the 1920s was Afrocubanismo. Afrocubanismo created a forum in which Cuba's hybrid African-Hispanic culture and identity could be discussed through music. Afrocubanismo focused on issues of recognition and assimilation, as well as validation, of African heritage in Cuban society. Afrocubanismo challenged the divisive social realities of Cuba and its composers were severely criticized and professionally marginalized. However, they can perhaps feel vindicated knowing that because of Afrocubanism, Cuba became the musical fountain from which Reggae, Samba in Brazil, Latin Salsa, the Blues, Jazz and even Gospel originated. 

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