Cuban Village of Sancti Spiritus Celebrates 30th Trio Event

Enrique Ojito

This year, the Meeting of Trios was held September 23-25, and was dedicated to honor the 105th anniversary of the birth of Sigifredo Mora, and the 80th of Ramon de Armas (Monguito Cuba)

When speaking of cultural identity in Sancti Spiritus, we must refer to trios, the antecedents of which —according to experts—, date back to 1910 in this territory, when local musicians Miguel Companioni, Segismundo Acosta and Luis Farías grouped together.

This trio was privileged to premiere several musical pieces composed by Companioni —an outstanding representative of the trova music in Sancti Spiritus—, such as Herminia, Elena and Teresa.

Another great local musician, Rafael Gómez Mayea (Teofilito), founded in the 1910s a trio with his brothers. Since then, tens of trios have emerged in this central Cuban region, which have particularly distinguished local identity codes.

Such musical background paved the wave for the celebration of a trio event since 1989 in this city, which at certain time was a festival-like celebration.

This year, the Meeting of Trios was held September 23-25, and was dedicated to honor the 105th anniversary of the birth of Sigifredo Mora, and the 80th of Ramon de Armas (Monguito Cuba). The event also paid tribute to Roberto Sotolongo, the Voces Nuevas Trio —on occasion of its 15th anniversary—, and to A su tiempo, the only female trio in this province.

According to sources from the Provincial Company for the Commercialization of Music and Entertainment, the 30th trio event was aimed at encouraging the exchange between musical groups of this kind, promoting the work of outstanding composers, and demonstrating the versatility of the participants.

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