Music from Oriente de Cuba - The Rumba

Rumba, like son, is a truly Cuban music. It is party music, collectively enjoyed and produced by the lower strata of Cuban society. It is believed that rumba was born in the suburbs of the main urban centres after the abolition of slavery in 1886. The freed slaves, who were mainly to be found in the countryside, did not possess any land and were forced to go to the cities to find work and shelter. In the courtyards of the overcrowded slums of the cities they created their collective feasts, called rumbas, tumbas, macumbas or tambos. Of all those denotations, the word rumba remained.


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"Rumba is from the city of Matanzas and it was created in 1886, is Afro-Cuban music. This Cd is an authentic jewel from the Nimbus record by The Folkloyuma group formed in Santiago De Cuba in 1964. It contains 15 tracks of Rumbas and its derivatives. Like Yambu, Columbia and Guaguanco and the typical instruments are Chekere, Bata, Bombo, Cajon, Clave, Tumbadora and Trompeta China. Recently Rumba has been declared cultural heritage of the humanity and it is a very well deserved recognition. Our local Hispanic stations here in Miami should give recognition to Rumba and all of our traditional Cuban music rather than the moronic and cretinous regguetoneros and raperos and the insipid and boring pop music."- Alberto Navarro

"This is a great CD released by the "NIMBUS" label who also recorded Oriente's famous "Familia Valera Miranda". "FOLKLOYUMA" proves that the western provinces of Cuba (La Habana, Matanzas and even Santa Clara) do not have a monopoly in the rumba, guaguanco, columbia and other afro-cuban folkloric rhythms. I recommend this surprising compilation."- Anonymous

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