Songs I heard in Cuba

Salsa dancing at 1830 Restaurant and Bar, Havana Cuba

1830 Restaurant and Bar, Havana Cuba

I visited Cuba at the beginning of this year and aside from disconnecting from social media, I was reminded of how amazing the Caribbean is. But I’m not only talking about the beaches, I’m talking about the music.

Cuba reminded me a lot of Belize: its very relaxing, everyone’s super friendly, nature is everywhere and dancing is a big part of life. But I think that their music culture might surpass the one in Belize. I say this because one day as I was biking to a popular beach near Trinidad, I stopped at the sight of an open-air thatch cabana filled with children dancing salsa – super early in the morning. That surely doesn’t happen in Belize, I remember starting to dance until I was in my teens, when I had discovered that that was the best way to get close to girls.

I biked to Playa Ancon in Cuba

My Cuban wheels!

Before I left Cuba I asked one of the locals about the kids dancing early in the morning and he laughed and said: “Es que esta en la sangre – everyone does that.”

Here are the five most popular songs I heard when I was there:

1. Descemer Bueno Ft. Gente D’ Zona - Bailando

2. Marc Anthony – Vivir Mi Vida

3. Laritza Bacallao – Que Suenen Los Tambores

4. Buena Fe- La Culpa

5. Adrián Berazaín -Por encima de lo conocido

Great playlist, right? Song number five wasn’t really played a lot when I was there but I love the video since it’s filmed in the Sierra Maestra, where the Cuban rebellion took place.


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  • elisse

    Wonderful music videos! Enjoyed them all! Made me miss Belize, & working in PR, too! Loved Marc Anthony in NYC! :-)

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez

      Yeah, the Marc Anthony video is awesome!

  • Belize Blog

    SUPER great play list. I need to download these immediately…though I’m pretty sure I will never dance.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez

      Haha you need to get your groove on!