Original Cuban Son Music from Seattle


LYRICS: Lengua, Alambre y Cuero 

Here are brief introductions and links to pdf documents with complete lyrics for each song from TROVADORO's new album "Lengua, Alambre y Cuero." If you have questions or comments about the lyrics, please visit the CONTACT page of this site or send a message to Enjoy!


1. Santo Café – son

"Blessed Coffee" - This song is a celebration of the sacred brewing and sharing of coffee. It is an invitation to relax and enjoy the present moment in community with friends and family near and far.  All around the world, coffee time is a calm, sacred pause of togetherness.

2. Homenaje al Guayabero - Son

"Homage to the Guayabero" - This song pays homage to one of Cuba's greatest soneros (Son music singers) and vocal improvisors - Faustino Oramas "El Guayabero".  El Guayabero was known for his comical and inventive inspiraciones (call and response improvisations) and was recognized as a master of doble sentido (double entendre).  Many lyrical quotes and motifs from his most popular songs adorn this septeto format Son Tradicional.

3. El Romance Divino -  bolero-son

"The Divine Romance" - This song is a reminder that soul love is timeless. If we only take a moment to focus on our breath, we can cross the foggy sea of memory to be in the presence of those we deeply love. The true love of the heart banishes all barriers and unites us in ever-new joy.

4. A Prender Nengón - nengón

"To Ignite Nengón"- This song is a call to fire up the revered musical ancestor of Cuban Son - Nengón. This rural dance and music style from the turn of the 19th century grew out of family celebrations in Eastern Cuba. Still relevant today, Nengón's mellow tumbao (bass & drum groove), cuartetas (four-lined verses) & call and response singing remind us of the roots so we can dance on the branches with wings of Son.

5. El Yuma y el Son - son

"The Foreigner & The Son" - This vibrant, Santiago de Cuba-style Son relates the experience of one American tourist and his awakening to the power and majesty of Son Cubano. This song is a testament to the universal appeal of this music and suggests why musicians and dancers from around the globe help to maintain this living tradition.

6. Mi Emisora Esmeralda - Changüí

"My Emerald Channel" - Like the Nengón, the Changüí from Guantánamo is a traditional musical style that gave rise to the Son Traditional in Santiago de Cuba. Woven with funky polyrhythms on the Cuban Cuatro, Marímbula (big thumb-piano bass) and Bongó de Monte (rustic country bongos), this song calls out from the heart to changüiseros everywhere. Broadcasting syncopated across time, this is a personal invitation to tune in to our signal from the Emerald City in the Evergreen State - Seattle, Washington, USA. 

7. La Mera Amistad - bolero-son

"Mere Friendship" - This song is final plea to save a friendship that is near its end. Though two friends are parting ways, one wishes for a simpler time of close camraderie. And yet, the moment of shared paths and tastes is over. After many missed opportunities to connect, a few lingering questions remain.

8. Chiquitéala – son

"Do It a Little at a Time" - This song tells the story of a musician gigging and partying out on the town when a good friend pulls him aside to share some sage advice: "Enjoy every moment and every little bit of life in small measures. Take things slowly and with full attention." In other words, this song is about happiness and savoring every breath, bite, drink and dance to the fullest.

9. Tres Reyes Magos – bolero-son

"Three Wise Men" or "Three Wizard Kings" - This song explores the allegory of the Three Wise Men's long journey East to West guided by their shining star.  The Three Kings are key figures is Christmas celebrations around the world - especially in Latin America where gifts are given on their day, "El Dia de Reyes" (The Epiphany), when they finally reach the Christ child after a long journey through the desert. Here they are imagined as wise sages and musicians who refresh themselves at each oasis with fellowship and songs of devotion. 

10. De Tener Que Detener – rumba-son

"On Having to Detain" - This song is an exploration of feelings and questions about the detention and torture of political prisoners and "terrorists." It also opens the dialogue about who are the true terrorists and victims of the "War on Terror."  With more questions than answers, this lamenting yet celebratory Rumba-Son is a call to wake up and walk together on the path to universal protection of human rights.