Rumba in Havana: A Photostory
After a whirlwind introduction to one of my new favourite cities, we paid a visit to the colourful neighbourhood of Cayo Huesa, for a taste of rumba in Havana…
Rumba in Havana – A Brief Introduction
Rumba has its roots in both African and Spanish music and dance. It began in northern Cuba after the slave trade ended, when workers of African descent would gather in the streets and courtyards.
While “rumba” originally simply meant “party”, over time the term came to mean a specific style of music. This style is characterised by drumming, vocal improvisation, and, of course, energetic dancing.
Although rumba has spread and evolved into different musical styles and dances in various countries, the roots of all of these can be traced back to rumba in Havana.
Rumba in Havana – In Photos