From the album “New Danzón” (2005).
Danzón is the official musical genre and dance of Cuba. It is also an active musical form in Mexico and is still beloved in Puerto Rico. The danzón evolved from the Cuban contradanza (also known as the habanera).
The contradanza had English roots and was introduced in Cuba probably by the Spanish who ruled the island for almost four centuries (1511 to 1898) and contributed thousands of immigrants over the centuries. Or, it is possible that it was introduced in 1762 with the short-lived British invasion of Havana, or even through Haitian refugees (who were fleeing the Haitian Revolution of 1791 to 1804).
In Cuba, these dances were influenced by African rhythmic and dance styles and so became a genuine fusion of European and African influences.