March 24, 2013

Festival Internacional de la Trova Pepe Sánchez

March 19-24 / Casa de la Trova y Sala de Concierto Dolores, Santiago de Cuba

2013 March 19-24
Location Casa de la Trova y Sala de Concierto Dolores, Santiago de Cuba
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Institution involved Centro Provincial de la Música de Santiago de Cuba, Instituto Cubano de la Música, Dirección Provincial de Cultura
Any international participation
Description of event The International Pepe Sánchez Trova Festival began in 1962 in homage to local Santiago de Cuba composer José (Pepe) Sánchez (1856-1918), considered the father of Cuban trova (the troubador genre of voice, song and poetry that is usually accompanied by a guitar). Several generations of musicians from different musical trends within trova participate in this event, including exponents of more traditional trova, of filin (an evolution of bolero and trova), and of nueva trova (the very Cuban genre of personal commentary influenced by British, US and Brazilian popular music). Santiago de Cuba—the cradle of trova—hosts this festival which takes the city’s streets and parks by storm in a celebration where musicians and singers from abroad join their Cuban counterparts. La apertura of the festival on Troubador Day, March 19th, commemorates the anniversary of the birth of Pepe Sanchez.
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