Traditional music in Cuba, like in America, is the sum of the music that was brought there by an influx of people from various parts of the world. Many of the characteristics of Cuban music - be it son, salsa, jazz or another genre - are borrowed from West Africa as a result of the large number of slaves who were brought over by European colonists. And thanks to those colonists, elements of Spanish and French also rubbed off on local culture.

Traditional music in Cuba, like in America, is the sum of the music that was brought there by an influx of people from various parts of the world. Many of the characteristics of Cuban music be it son, salsa, jazz or another genre are borrowed from West Africa as a result of the large number of slaves who were brought over by European colonists. And thanks to those colonists, elements of Spanish and French also rubbed off on local culture.

The Creole Choir of Cuba, which stops in Columbus on Tuesday as part of its first American tour, performs songs passed down from their Haitian-emigrant relatives, who also had West African roots. To the Creole traditions the choir members add a bit of Cuban flair, producing rich, soulful songs that, because the tunes were originally sung by mistreated sugar and coffee plantation workers, evoke a sense of resistance and perseverance similar to the music of the 1960s civil rights era.