Tumba francesa

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La Tumba Francesa, is a traditional cultural dance, song, and drumming style that emerged in Oriente, Cuba by Haitian black slaves who were resettled in the island’s eastern regions following the unrest in Haiti during the 1790s. It combines music from West Africa and traditional French music. "Tumba" derives from "tambours", which is French for drums. It is one of several Haitian drumming styles that produces a very vibrant sound, often accompanied by trumpets, usually played by Cuban bands. The clothes of the dancers are colorful and flamboyant. It embodies one of the oldest and most tangible links to the Afro-Haitian heritage of Cuba’s Oriente province and developed from an eighteenth- century fusion of music from Dahomey in West Africa and traditional French dances. After Cuba’s abolition of slavery in 1886 and the resulting migration of former slaves to urban areas in search of work, tumba francesa societies emerged in several cities.[1] The drums are played in both Santiago de Cuba and Haiti today.

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  1. ^ "La Tumba Francesa". UNESCO.org. Retrieved 16 January 2014.