Emblematic Cuban Rumba Group Turns 65

Matanzas, Cuba, Oct 9 (Prensa Latina) Rumba group Los Muñequitos de Matanzas are turning today 65 years of artistic life, and continues tomorrow performances in localities, squares and institutions of the country, as well as workshops the members of the group will give.

The idea of founding the group emerged and was materialized on October 9, 1952, at El Gallo bar, in La Marina neighborhood in this city, located 100 kilometers east of Havana.

Important guests of Cuban popular music starred in on Saturday at La Aurora Park of the aforementioned neighborhood the show ‘El Rumbazo’, celebrating six and a half decades of the prestigious group.

Diosdado Ramos, director of the group, said ‘Los Muñequitos…’ maintains the tradition of the genre, promoted by parents, children and grandchildren, with a qualified work that has allowed them to win a Grammy Prize, in addition to other important awards.

Several experts considered the group as one of the best exponents of ‘rumba’ in Cuba, with all the flavor and irresistible cadence of that musical expression enjoyed to the full in the Caribbean island.

‘Originally named ‘Guaguanco Matancero’, the group would change the name to the current one and would undertake an unstoppable career of pride and stronghold of the Matanza and National Culture,’ Luis Ortega, a specialist at the Rafael Somavilla Provincial Music Center, told Prensa Latina.

Florencio Calle, Esteban Lantri (Saldiguera), Hortensio Alfonso (Virulilla), Esteban Vega (ChaCha), Pablo Mesa, Angel Pellado, Gregorio Diaz and Juan Mesa, founded the group.

After 65 years of its foundation, ‘Los Muñequitos de Matanzas are still conquering awards with new members, but the same intention to make known a rhythm declared a UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage of Humanity.’

The band has performed in these 65 years in nations such as the United States, Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, and England, among others.

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