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Definition of Style

Like much of Cuban culture, son is a product of the interaction of African-derived music and the music of the descendants of the Spanish colonists. Son was originally a rural musical form that developed as an accompaniment to dancing, but it has become a dominant popular music in the urban setting of twentieth-century Cuba. As it became popular with urban audiences in the early twentieth-century, son was adapted to modern instrumentation and larger bands. Typical son instrumentation could include the tres (a type of guitar with three sets of closely spaced strings), standard guitars and various hand drums and percussion instruments. American jazz instrumentation also influenced son, and many sons also include parts for brass instruments.

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