Rumba for rumberos!

Rumba for rumberos!


By Fabiana Matamoros

The Cuban rumba unleashes an explosion of movements, the strength of which is rooted in African culture. Its origin dates back to colonial times, during the heyday of the sugar mills.

Towns like Havana and Matanzas were cradles of this dance genre, typical (in its beginnings) of the black population. Yambú, columbia and guaguancó, are the three styles of this popular Cuban dance of African origin. The first slower and more relaxed, the second typical  f a single dancer who demonstrates his skills and the last, the most danced of these three.

The guaguancó is a very erotic and sensual dance that is performed as a couple. He "vaccinates" her with a pelvic movement that simulates a sexual encounter. She moves with subtlety and mischief, evades the attack and continues the flirtation. 

The rumbera atmosphere, in addition to this popular dance, has hummed songs "lalaleo" or "diana", which invite improvisation. With the first drumbeats "the rumbón is underway."

People join in and bodies entangle in movements. Although the rumba was born in the solar (tenement building), its contagious rhythm went beyond the marginal neighborhoods and its success was so great that it managed to become an intangible heritage of humanity.

This merit was awarded by Unesco in 2016. There is no one who can resist the rhythm of the rumba, because as they say "in bad weather, good rumbas".

Well ... the phrase is not exactly that, but let us be allowed that license.