In 1860, a Basque composer, Sebastián Iradier, travelled to Cuba. He was to die five years later and so didn't appreciate what he achieved as a result of that visit. He didn't invent the 'havanera' (also 'habanera'), but he took a Cuban style of music and popularised it. In effect, he created a musical genre, and his defining song was La Paloma (The Dove).
Hundreds gather in Puerto Soller to celebrate the 'havanera'
Catalan popular music embraced the havanera in the 1950s
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