Calle Heredia

Street in Santiago de Cuba

The music never stops on Calle Heredia, Santiago's most sensuous street and also one of its oldest. Melodies waft from the paint-peeled Casa de Cultura Josue País García, where danzón-(ballroom dance) strutting pensioners mix with svelte teen rap artists. One door up is Cuba's original Casa de la Trova, a beautiful balconied townhouse redolent of New Orleans' French Quarter.

The Casa is dedicated to pioneering Cuban trovador, José 'Pepe' Sánchez (1856–1928) and first opened as Cuba's orginal trova (traditional poetic singing/songwriting) house in March 1968.