[wpspoiler name=”Listen to Malaga performed by Trovadores, Trio Matmoros” open=”true” style=”aatw-video”][/wpspoiler]

In the 19th century in eastern Cuba, specifically in and around Santiago de Cuba, guitar-playing singers known as “trouvadores” traveled the land performing poetic and passionate Spanish-inspired songs, especially boleros in 2/4 time (as opposed to the Spanish bolero, which is in 3/4). [About the bolero | bolero on the front porch stoop in Santiago de Cuba] Wikipedia’s entry on trova introduces some of the “founders” of TROVA and follows the genre from the 1800’s into the politically-inspired post-Cuban revolution Nueva Trova of the 1960s. Watch Nuevo TROVA singer Silvio Rodriquez perform “Ojala.”

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