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May 8th declared as Day of the Cuban Son

Havana, Oct 3.- May 8 has been declared Day of the Cuban Son in homage to that musician- dance expression and to the musical legacy of its great exponents, Miguel Matamoros and Miguelito Cuní, reported the Cuban Institute of Music. 

According to the press release, in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cuba published this October 2, Son, a native of Cuba, is recognized as part of the Cuban intangible heritage since 2012. 

This declaration consolidates the file for its candidacy as Intangible Heritage of Humanity, highlights the document.

The information has also been shared by the main promoter of this initiative, the teacher Adalberto Álvarez, who published on his Facebook page that the joy of already having our Son Day is very great.

May 8 is a representative day, as we commemorate the birth of Miguelito Cuní and Miguel Matamoros, that is why this date was the proposal, stated the 2008 National Music Award.

Likewise, the Caballero del Son, as Álvarez is known, declared that this is only part of the task, since we already have the Cuban Son Day; It remains for us to get the son to be named Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The Cuban son is a danceable vocal and instrumental genre that constitutes one of the basic forms within Cuban music, which fuses African musical elements with Spanish musical elements.

It is claimed that he was born in the easternmost region of Cuba, in places like Guantánamo, Baracoa, Manzanillo and Santiago de Cuba at the end of the 19th century, although there is evidence that the oldest known Cuban sones date back to the 16th century, such as the Son de the Má Theodora possibly 1562, played by two Dominican sisters, Micaela and Theodora Ginés. (ACN) (Photo: File)