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Guajira

A palo of the "Cantes de ida y vuelta" branch, one of the songs brought back from the Americas by Spanish settlers traveling back to Spain. Derived from Cuban folk music, the lyrics always refer to the life and loves of Cuba and its people. The compás is a lilting 12/8 beat, similar to the Alegría, as shown below

Guajira compas

It is almost exclusively danced by women, using a large pericón fan and should be flirtatious and feminine. Structurally one can follow the Alegrías as a guide as it follows the same series of letras, falsetas and escobillas. While the tone is also in the major key, the lilting melody of the guitar and song gives the Guajira its own unique personality.