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According to the former, the term "invasion" would originate a famous battle led by General Antonio Macéo (1845-1896), hero of the struggle for the independence of Cuba. He did not want no peace without independence or without the abolition of slavery.
The invasion was a pre-carnival event or all the congas (armed groups of musicians drums) of Santiago de Cuba invade the city and brings together up to 30,000 people.
The conga is a musical group and dance of African origin whose main mission is to get out animate the street to direct contact of a participatory public.
The conga Los Hoyos, the oldest of the native city of the People's Jose Marti barrio, opens the ball and goes to meet the other congas.
There is a great rivalry between the different neighborhoods that s' faces through music the day of the "invasion".
The event begins a few days before the start of the carnival. Several meetings between places groups of musicians in each district before the day of the final show.
The invasion begins in the afternoon of environments and end at dusk. The police protects the musicians so they can make their way on a journey around the city of about 15 kilometers.
This is a moment of trance and collective communion, made of joy and vitality or Santiageros come wash the misfortunes of the past year.
Behind the folklore, this is an event that takes a political character in which the suburbs rather black and disadvantaged Santiago de Cuba are reclaiming the streets and their destiny, while challenging the historic city center.
I think it is also the opportunity for Afro-Cuban to affirm and promote their culture and history.
Follow and photograph the event with an opportunity to draw a portrait of Cuban society and neighborhoods of Santiago de Cuba; without dwelling on the musical aspect but rather the people who make up this human tide.
I wanted to photograph the vitality and cheerfulness of the children of the Cuban revolution, for which the liberties of dreams are not stoppe