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


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.

Lyssett Perez, 46 (C), sells peanuts to tourists on the streets in Havana, Cuba, September 6, 2018. Picture taken on September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Fernando Medina

The pregon is a centuries-old tradition that has inspired famous songs like “El Manisero” (the peanut vendor), composed in the late 1920s by Cuban musician Moises Simons on son…



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