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Culture

The Province has been the birthplace of outstanding Cuban intellectuals, writers and artists. Among the artists, it is worth highlighting Cirilo Villaverde (1812-1894), first great Cuban novelist, author of "Cecilia Valdés", born in Santiago Sugar Mill, San Diego de Núñez (Bahía Honda), María Teresa Vera (1895-1965), Cuban composer and troubadour, born in Guanajay; Luis Marquetti (1901-1992, Alquízar), composer and bolero singer; Arturo Sandoval, trumpet player and jazz player (Artemisa); Enrique Jorrín, musician, inventor of the Chachachá (Candelaria 1926-1987); the sculptor Jilma Madera, author of the Christ of Havana (San Cristóbal, 1915-2000), Pancho Amat, outstanding guitarist and tresista (Guira de Melena, 1950).

Silvio Rodríguez, famous singer-songwriter, founder and emblematic figure of the Nueva Trova Movement (San Antonio de los Baños, 1946); the sculptor José Delarra (San Antonio de los Baños,  1938-2003), and Polo Montañez (1955-2002) "El Guajiro Natural", popular singer and composer of Cuban countryside music, born in Sierra del Rosario,  Candelaria.

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