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Cuban president celebrates inclusion of bolero in Unesco list

Havana, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel today celebrated the inclusion of the bolero in Unesco's representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a fact that will contribute to strengthen safeguarding the genre.

Through his account on the social network X, the head of state stressed the Caribbean nation and Mexico, proud of their cultural ties, celebrate this declaration of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), the first binational in the region.

This recognition took place yesterday at the 18th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage, being held from December 4 to 9 in the city of Kasane, Botswana.

Bolero: identity, emotion and poetry made song is the title of the binational dossier presented on behalf of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba and the Ministry of Culture of Mexico, with the participation of authors, composers, arrangers, musicians, performers, academics and cultural promoters.

The origin of the bolero dates back to 1883 in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, spreading throughout the island with its poetic musical elegance and arriving in Mexico at least 100 years ago.

The work on the joint candidacy began a decade ago, with the participation of several Cuban and Mexican institutions.

Regarding the inscription, the island’s ambassador to Unesco, Yahima Esquivel, told Prensa Latina that the inscription is not limited to one genre, as it encompasses a complex that associates a mixture of cultures linked to language, using European poetry, African rhythms and the experiences of indigenous peoples.

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