Rumba is a well-known Afro-Cuban rhythm created in Cuba that mixes Spanish Flamenco style dance with African influences. There are two types of Rumba performed in Cuba; Havana style and the style from Matanzas. Within Rumba there are three rhythms: Yambu, Guaguanco and
Columbia.The Havana style and the Matanzas style of performing each rhythm will be taught for Yambu, Guaguanco and Columbia. AfroCuban religions also use percussion rhythms in its ceremonies. Palo Monte religion uses Palo and Makuta rhythms in its ceremonies to communicate with the ancestors. Palo is a fast drum rhythm played with sticks (palos) like that used in West African dance. Makuta is a medium-paced rhythm that allows dancers to perform in groups.
Santeria is a very well-known AfroCuban religion that has many different ceremonies. Bembe is the simplest rhythm used to provide homage to the Orishas. It uses the Yoruba language, one of the four official languages of Nigeria, in the chants to the Orishas.
All levels are welcome from beginners to those who have been playing a while and want to develop their skills. Students should bring their own instruments to class.
to see a short video of Carlos inviting you to the class.