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Festival d’Havaneres del Vallespir – Céret

4th June 2016


Céret Havaneres group, El Mariners del Canigou invite other Catalan Havaneres groups to join them at 20h30 in the salle de l’Union in Céret.

Havaneres (habaneras), named after the capital of Cuba, La Habana (Havana), were originally sea shanties, brought back from Cuba by sailors in the 19th Century, telling of lost loves and exotic places.They were accompanied by guitar and accordion, spontaneous and mainly to be heard in the bars and taverns.

However, more than just typical drinking songs, they were soon included in “zarzuelas” popular Spanish music theatre of the 19th and 20th century, and even appear in works from great composers such as Bizet and Ravel.

This back slapping music is usually be served up with the traditional accompanying drink, ron cremat, a mixture of rum, sugar, lemon peel and coffee beans, with optional cinnamon stick, served in
an earthenware bowl and flambéed to burn off the alcohol.

It is believed that they originated in Cuba in the 19th century, but the first seeds were possibly sewn a little earlier, when the rhythm of a European dance known as the “contradansa” arrived on the island. Originating in England in the 16th century, the contradansa was taken from ‘country dance’, and reached France a century later.


4th June 2016
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Salle de l’Union, Céret
Céret, Pyrenees-Orientales,