Cuban Music - The Essence of Life in Cuba

Cuban Music, A Spiritual Experience

Ask any Cuban to describe Salsa (Son) music, and the word sabor will inevitably creep into the conversation. Though the word translates literally to “flavor” in English, it is one of those Spanish words that has a deeper meaning – so deep that it might be said to be a spiritual principle. At the very least it implies sensuality, a joyful experience, something profound and heartfelt, a taste of the very soul.

I enjoyed learning about the history of Cuba, meeting Cuban artists, and tasting the creative new cuisine emerging from paladars, but to me the real essence of Cuba lay in its music. Like the indescribable sabor, however, it is difficult to find the words to describe the kind of spiritual experience that Cuban music provoked in me. Rather than try to tell you – which would not do it justice – I decided to show you some of the musical experience that Discover Corps provided during our eight-day tour of Cuba in the video below.

I was a guest of Discover Corps during my stay in Cuba, however, the receipt and acceptance of complimentary items or services will never influence the content, topics, or posts in this blog. I write the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

7 Comments on “Cuban Music, A Spiritual Experience

  1. I invite you to travel in time through the pages of THE AMAZING CUBAN SONGBOOK. Check out these great Cuban songs with brand-new English lyrics, find your favourites and share them with your musical friends and colleagues. Come back every week for new publications. All the best!

    • Thanks Izy – I think the thing that surprised me the most was the tremendous breadth of the Cuban music, from choral to folk.

  2. The music of Cuba (and the Caribbean as a whole) is so lively. When I get to Cuba, I can’t wait to let it permeate my soul!

    • Hi Ian: For me, the best part of the tour was the music – wish I’d had time to hear more. Like you, it just soaks into my soul. Hope you get to visit someday soon.

  3. Tour sounds very investing. As a Canadian, going to Cuba hasnt realy been difficult but most (including me) just go to one of the tourist areas. So wish I spoke Spanish because I think that would add so much to the whole experience. Sometimes on cultural tours there is an immense amount of pressure to buy handcrafts, and yes they are usually wonderful but I hate souvenirs (and pressure!) did you feel any of that on this tour?

    • Hi Laurie:I am happy to report that there was absolutely no pressure to buy souvenirs. They were available if desired, but not even a negative attitude if we didn’t.

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