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Other cultures were undoubtedly present, but in smaller numbers, and they did not leave such a distinctive presence.
At the same time, African religions were transmitted from generation to generation throughout Cuba, Haiti, other islands and Brazil.
Artists such as Gente De zona are the vanguard of music revolution as they are the first Cuban duo to reach the Hot Latin Songs chart on Billboard.
Other famous Cuban artist include Camila Cabello who has won a Billboard Award.
Cuban hip-hop is one of the latest genres of music to be embraced not only by the country's youth but also, more reluctantly, by the government.
Initially, hip-hop was shunned by the authorities, because of its affiliation to America and capitalism.
Unlike in most of Latin America, but like many nations of the Caribbean and some of Central America, football is not a major game in Cuba, but is gaining popularity. Introduced by American dockworkers in Havana in the 19th century, the game has played a role in Cuban independence from Spain.
Within modern Cuba, there are also popular musicians working in the rock and reggaeton idioms.Almost nothing remains of the original Native traditions.Fernando Ortíz, the first great Cuban folklorist, described Cuba's musical innovations as arising from the interplay ('transculturation') between African slaves settled on large sugarcane plantations and Spanish or Canary Islanders who grew tobacco on small farms.As more Cuban youth put their own energy and style into the music, Cuban hip-hop eventually became more acceptable."The Cuban government now sees rap music – long considered the music of American imperialism – as a road map to the hearts and minds of the young generation" and the benefits of sports (he loved and used to play baseball) has resulted in Cuba's relative international success for a population of 11 million in sporting events such as the Olympic Games.