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.

Update: I think song #1 was bought by Enrique Iglesias and remade but i like the one above more so I’m featuring it instead – after all, that’s the one I heard in Cuba!




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11 Responses to Songs I heard in Cuba

  1. elisse March 21, 2014 at 12:10 AM #

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

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez April 14, 2014 at 8:12 PM #

      Yeah, the Marc Anthony video is awesome!

  2. Belize Blog April 9, 2014 at 8:37 AM #

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

  3. Jannick van Venrooij July 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM #

    Thank you so much for this! Just returned from Cuba, but without Shazam and proper understanding of Spanish I had little to go in the search for al these songs.

  4. Belize Adventure July 3, 2014 at 5:33 AM #

    haha Awesome.. glad I could help. Which is your favourite?

  5. Chantal Kramer December 3, 2014 at 3:32 AM #

    This helped me also locate a couple songs i was not able to shazam. Thank you!

  6. Crystal Amethyst Egan February 12, 2015 at 10:35 AM #

    This list just saved my ass! Quite funny that even after nearly a year the same songs are still on repeat

  7. Helen Speight March 30, 2015 at 3:46 PM #

    thank you great help

  8. TesJuste UnePlotte April 4, 2015 at 4:28 PM #

    Hi! I'm trying to find a song I heard in Cuba lately. It's in English and it says something like "She wanna beam bam boom" if anyone can help? Thanks

  9. martin April 30, 2015 at 7:16 AM #

    I’ve recently been to Cuba and loved the music and culture, but for the life of me can’t find any of the songs I heard and loved while there (although I loved not having Internet for 2 weeks it made me unable to find songs)
    I heard aguanile lots while there and vivir mi vida but already knew those prior to going.
    I want to find a certain salsa song with a chorus of lots of extended ohhhh’s