"Ay Mamá Inés, ay Mamá Inés, todos los negros tomamos café".


(Ay Mama Ines, ay Mama Ines, all the black people are drinking coffee.)


It's a song that every Cuban knows, on or off the island, young or old, negro o blanco. And for those who may not know the words, the melody is inescapable.

But who exactly is/was Mamá Inés? Well, Juan Perez Has a wonderful section in his website on Traditions in Cuba.

Aside from Cafe, Tabaco y Ron, Bailando Salsa y jugando Domino. It is important to keep tabs with our traditions! Read it and learn something new, or refresh something known, y que sigue la tradicion.

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