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Estudiantina

The original estudiantina groups were formed by students who roamed the streets and local festivities and played the popular version of the danzón during the late 19th century. Consisting of two guitars, two tres, bass, trumpet, small baroque timpani drums (pailas criollas) and two singers who also played the claves, guiro and maracas, these groups roamed the streets op Cuba in traditional university uniforms playing music for fun and money.