In Cuba, street vendors sing to sell, from salsa to reggaeton

Gilberto Rabell, 52, sings as he sells noodles on the streets in Havana, Cuba, September 7, 2018. Picture taken on September 7, 2018. REUTERS/Fernando Medina

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba’s street vendors are bringing back the pregon, the art of singing humorous, rhyming ditties with double entendres about the goods they are selling, with some modernizing the tradition by setting their tunes to reggaeton. The pregon is a centuries-old tradition that has inspired famous songs like “El Manisero” (the peanut vendor), […]

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