The city of Matanzas, Cuba, is the place of origin of the orchestra La Sonora Matancera founded in January 1924. Originally the group was known by the name of Tuna Liberal and emerged as a musical group that was in charge of entertaining meetings and assemblies. of a local political party. Due to the rise of the musical genre known as “Son”, string instrument players were highly sought after and Valentín Cané, founder of La Sonora, was constantly looking for these musicians to consolidate his musical project. In 1926 the group changed its name to Septeto Soprano and later in 1927 it changed its name again to Estudiantentina Sonora Matancera.
Under the musical production of the RCA Víctor de la Habana record company in 1928, the group recorded its first two singles in 78 rpm format entitled "Out, out, Chinese" and "El porqué de tus ojos". After its successful debut, the group grew and incorporated more musical instruments, thus expanding its musical repertoire. Adapting to the new musical rhythms and beginning its internationalization process The Sonora Matancera adopts its definitive name in the year 1935. From that moment on, the group would begin an abundant musical production, its golden age being the years between 1947 and 1959.
Throughout these almost 100 years of artistic activity of La Sonora Matancera, singers and musicians as important as: Celia Cruz, Bienvenido Granda, Bobby Capó, Daniel Santos, Myrta Silva, Dámaso Pérez Prado, and Nelson Pinedo among many others have joined its ranks. La Sonora Matancera holds the title of being the oldest orchestra on the planet and its extensive discography, more than 1,100 recordings of tropical rhythms including guaguancó, guaracha, bolero, merecumbé, mambo and cumbia are witness to this.