History of Latino-Caribbean Music
CUBA   <page 5>

Rumba is an original black form of drumming, singing and dance that often addressed social preoccupations. Rumba spread from the plantations to the slums and quickly became a form of shared collective expression. The Cuban rumba is an example of polyrhythm and uses 3-based and 2-based rhythms at the same time. For example, the lead drummer drummer might play in 6/8, while the rest of the ensemble keeps playing 2/2.  

Danzón is a more sophisticated ballroom dance musical form developed in the 19th Century, and serves as a foundation for much contemporary Cuban music. The danzón was originally considered a “scandalous” dance because it was practiced by all levels and classes of society! A newspaper in 1888 is even quoted as saying "We recommend banning the danza and danzón because they are vestiges of Africa and should be replaced by essentially European dances such as the quadrille and rigadoon."



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