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Oriental Organ, cuban pride
Oriental Organ. Photo: Amauris Betanocurt
This is the instrument that accompanied the flowering of Cienfuegos city in 1819 with its founding colonists, the same that became mambí and later rebellious in the Sierra Maestra, which was assumed by the Fornaris families and cubanized by the Borbolla, of Manzanillo and Then for those who took it in ox carts to Bayamo, Holguín and other towns, it is now the Cultural Patrimony of the Nation.

The decision recognizes the carrying families as the genuine safeguards of a phenomenon of traditional Cuban music, where the artisan mastery of the cabinet makers, who build the orchestral instruments, the interpretive quality with the contribution of the Cuban percussion, the party and the dance with the “tumbao” "drawing water from the well", together with excellent arrangements and a fascinating repertoire of the best Cuban music of all time, from José White to Juan Formell, are elements that validate this phenomenon within the most roots of Cuban music.

organo f radiojuvenilThe declaration of the oriental organ as patrimony of the Cuban nation confirms the work of the organist of yesteryear, with its famous arbor balls, also to the composers like the holguinero Carlos Rubiel Ávila, arrangers of the stature of Tony Taño and the work of interpreters, like those of “Estrellas de Cuba” and “Melodías del 80” of Buey Arriba and “Nuevo Ritmo Oriental” and “Perla del Cauto”, of Río Cauto, also “El mambisito” of Bayamo or the grace of the Ajo family, which had in Tropicana its great splendor in the seventies. This way the crank does not stop and we can enjoy the music of the organ players in the carnivals of Santiago de Cuba, Guantánamo, Niquero, Medialuna, Manzanillo, Bayamo, Buenaventura, Las Tunas, Puerto Padre, Camagüey, Varadero, Havana and Pinar del River, among many places. And the relay is well appreciated in children organs The Riveritos, Río Cauto, Los Gallitos, Guisa and Las Caciques, in Yara, Granma.

The king of the “ground” music is celebrating and the news encourages the dancers of the Holguin nights and the Cuayo, Marrero and Los Ajo families of Holguín; Los Peña, Hernández and Ochoa, from Las Tunas, also to the many residents of Niquero, hosts of the "Raquel Morales in memoriam" Festival, organized by the Municipal Culture Department of Niquero, province of Granma. And the residents of Buenaventura, Municipality of Calixto García, Holguín Province, with their Pepe Ajo Festival, who applaud a decision that is a concurrent reflection of a genuine phenomenon of incessant transculturation, first Franco-Cuban and today with the constant refoundation among those who revolutionize the instrument to add new sounds to musical craftsmanship and to the flavorfulness that the Oriental Organ brings to our national culture.

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