ARTE GEIE, MEDIENKONTOR Movie GMBH
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In the province of Granma, in the South-West of Cuba, fiestas cannot be celebrated without órganos orientales. These are true masterpieces of string-instrument craftsmanship that were initially imported from France.
Deeply anchored in the local cultural tradition, the música molida (“ground music”) can be played on barrel organs with perforated cardboard strips. They enliven the celebrations of these isolated villages of the Granma province, a remote region that few tourists know about. Some of these órganos orientales can be quite impressive in size, weighing up to 1,5 tonnes sometimes. Moving from village to village with such cumbersome equipment is not an easy task for those music bands but the atmosphere they create is certainly worth the effort : the entire village, both the youth and the elderly, dance to the cheerful rhythms and to the old charm of these mechanical instruments…