Places - Cuba's Eastern Region

El Kiribá y Nengón

The Nengón and the Kiribá are traditional rhythms of campesino (country folk) celebrations in Baracoa, still popular in the region’s rural areas. They are the nucleus from which el son evolved. Directly linked to the culture and history of Baracoa, both sounds are interpreted with the help of the marímbula, bongó, güayo, maracas, and Cuban claves. During fiestas Nengón is played, which is slower and danced in a circle. In bidding people farewell, Kiribá is played, which is a livelier and freer dance form. Accompanying folkloric lyrics tell stories of Baracoa, the Taíno capital of Cuba, once home to Indians inhabiting the region.