Longest Rumba in the World Comes Home

Locals of the town of Colon in Matanzas will welcome the drumming, singing and dancing arriving from the neighboring province of Cienfuegos, performed by professional and amateur artists linked to the Cubadisco 2008 Music Festival, this year devoted to Africa and its Diaspora.

The towns of Jovellanos, Limonar and Cardenas will also join the rumba. A special drumming will take place in Union de Reyes, to pay homage to one of the best rumba artists Jose Rosario Oviedo (1885 – 1923), better known as Malanga.

On Wednesday, leading the rumba near the neighbourhood of La Marina in Matanzas will be renowned bands, such as Afrocuba, Columbia del Puerto, Reyes del Tambor, Obbini Abanicula, and Clave y Guaguanco. At 6:30 pm "Los Muñequitos de Matanzas", directed by Diosdado Ramos will take over, along with several local "comparsas" (bands which play congas).

Next, the rumba will travel to the western most province of Pinar del Rio, to end on May 17 in Havana, during the Cubadisco 2008 Music Festival. Rumba is a dance organically related to the rumba genre of Afro-Cuban music. It is considered the most erotic and sensual Latin dance, for its relatively slow rhythm and the hip movement. Rumba is actually the second slowest Latin dance after bolero. "La rumba mas larga del mundo" evokes the idiosyncrasy of the Cuban people and honors their slave roots.

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