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Los Muñequitos de Matanzas

os Muñequitos de Matanzas - Cuban Rumberos

In the first days of October 1952 a group of young rumberos found themselves after work enjoying their evening's rest Los in the bar “El Gallo” on the corner of Matanzas and Daoiz Streets in the Barrio of La Marina in the city of Matanzas. Over drinks, they heard the chords of a son by Arsenio Rodriguez on the bar's Victrola.

Inspired by the rhythm and the contagious melody, they began to play percussion on the counter, on the glasses and on the bottles, accompanying Arsenio and his group. The bar's other customers, as well as passers-by, stopped to listen and to the astonishment of the young men they received their first applause �”�” applause that 40 years later they continue to receive.

In the rush of enthusiasm someone said: Why don't we form a musical group to entertain on Sundays and holidays at fiestas and barrio dances? Someone else knew a musician-composer-arranger who would have the experience to pull the group together: Florencio Calle Peraza (Catalino), who lived in a solar on Salamanca Street between Matanzas and Jovellanos in that same barrio of La Marina.

They marched over to Catalino's place. They stated their business to Catalino, who made an appointment with them for the following day, to discuss details and plan the new group.

At that meeting the following day they discussed what each person would do, how the group would be composed and the genre they would interpret, as well as the name they would give the group:Guaguanco Matancero The agreed that each member would find a way to get instruments made according to their respective means. They would interpret the guaguancó, the contemporary rumba of urban origin that came from Matanzas and Havana. The group would be composed of:

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