Yoruba Andabo Begins North American Tour with Miami and Chicago!

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Rumba is Cuban and without Cuba, there is no Rumba. As simple as that! Come and enjoy the rumba experience with Yoruba Andabo!

“The possibility of experiencing a night with Yoruba Andabo was a unique one.Unique since one can witness an incredible reunion between something sacred,mystic and an atavistic and inborn sense of partying. The audience was transported to a separate world, a world of intense colors, of full joy and beauty.If the roots are, undoubtedly African and ancient, the charm of today’s music isan authentic wonder…”

Laurent Aubert, director of the Ethno-musicologist Cultural Center in Geneva

Enjoy the rumba experience withYoruba Andabo!

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Origin of Rumba- Courtesy of and by Sonny Watson (streetswing.com)

http://www.streetswing.com/histmain/z3rumba.htm

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Origins of the word Rumba (Room-Bah) was a generic term used to describe a music style rather than a dance style. The Ballroom Rhumba that is danced today is not really the “Rumba of Cuba.” The Ballroom Rhumba of today is really an offshoot of the “Son” (slower) or “Danzon” (even slower)” done in Cuba, a much slower and polite version of the true, sexually “frantic” (& FAST) Rumba and also can be considered Afro-cuban. The “Son” was a popular middle class Cuban dance which is a modified version of the Rumba … and the danzon’ is even a slower version than the Son.

    Originally, it is said that the real Rumba came to Cuba through the African Slaves (Afro-cuban) imported from Spain into that country over two hundred years ago. Cuba eventually banned the dance as being too wild to dance in public. Eventually the law was forgotten about and some people started dancing it which helped people become more aware of the dance during the 1920’s and by 1925 President Machado put the ban back into effect, his decree stated: “this class of music (referring to African music) and the ‘rumba’ are contrary to the good custom and public order of Cuba.” However it was reported that the upper classes in Cuba did not dance the Rumba anyway, as it was to wild and frantic.

   The Son is played in two parts (chorus and verse) while the Son dancers only dance to the chorus. The Claves (instrument) create the mood of the dance. However, it may have been originally a Pantomimic dance of Africa that found its way to Cuba (Afro-Cuban.) The son as a music began to take shape in the latter half of the 19th century in Cuba’s Orient province, and gave birth to several hybrids including the afro-son, guajira-son, son-pregón and son-montuno. The son is perhaps the most important form at the root of today’s popular salsa music. After a period of change and development here in the States, the Son evolved into a popular sensual couples dance known today as the “Rumba.”

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“From “La Rumba” (1978, dir Oscar Valdés)
Interview with Saldiguera & Florencio Street, Columbia performance by the Port of Cardenas, featuring dancer Machaco.”

  Today there are three distinct styles of rumba done in Cuba with the dance primarily being danced as a freestyle or solo (non-lead and follow) dance. The first being called the “Guaguancó,” which is a seduction between the man and woman whereas he can try to get carnal and “attack” her. The second is the “Yambú” which has a flirty woman dancing with a older man (man can be young too) who cannot get carnal or “attack” her and finally the more polite “Columbia” which is more the traditional “Rooster and Hen” dance where the male struts his masculinity around and about the female.” The early Cuban Rumba can at times look like Cha-Cha and Mambo.

Lew Quinn and Joan Sawyer are said to have tried the first real attempt at introducing the Rumba to Americans as far back as 1913, followed by Emil Coleman in 1923 and by Benito Collada in 1925 at a club called “El Chico” in Greenwich Village. In 1929 a small interest was growing in Latin-American music and in 1930 a Nuevos Ritmo (new rhythm) song called “The Peanut Vendor” by Don Azpiazu’s Havana Casino Orchestra was released which became a hit as a new DANCE to American dance forms.

By the 1930’s all of America had become knowledgeable of Latin music and the Rumba. The “American Rumba” of today as written about earlier is a version of the son that Quinn and Sawyer tried to introduce years ago. Today it is known as a “Latin-Ballroom” couples dance (lead and follow) and correctly titled the Dance Of Romance.” The American and International styled Rumba’s can be a very beautiful dance when done by a polished couple.

   Many of the erotic movements of the Ballroom Rumba stemmed from the original dancers of Cuba doing the tasks of the day such as “Shoeing the Mare,” “Doin’ the Laundry/Dishes,” “Climbing a Rope,” or the “Courtship of Barnyard Fowls.” The costumes that many performers originally wore, represented this in the woman’s long ruffled train of her skirt (hens feathers) or the mans ruffled shirt sleeves and or chest which represents the cocks hackle feathers. Today’s latin costumes look more like Lingerie. The Ballroom Rumba is a nice dance for dancers to showcase their technique ability and a polite sensuousness and romantic flair on a dance floor, whereas the Cuban rumba is more a rhythmic street dance and can appear to be of a cool, yet hectic and sometimes wild abandon with the technique more about the rhythm, roots and soul of the dance, rather than being a commercially pretty dance form.

    The Jamaican Mento dance closely resembles the Rumba. The Rumba was replaced in popularity by the Mambo, and later the Cha-Cha. The Rumba is sometimes spelt as Rhumba and Roomba.

   Also a new dance (c.1975) called the Night Club-Two Step (NC-2) was originally known as “Disco Two Step” (ala Buddy Schwimmer) is a modern semi-version of the Rumba, (a few say samba), it is done to modern slow music by pop artists such as Madonna, etc. NC-2 is mainly done in the West Coast Swing and Country Western communities.

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El film Havana Instant tiene como tema de presentación el track La Gozadera, de Yoruba Andabo…

Source: El film Havana Instant tiene como tema de presentación el track La Gozadera, de Yoruba Andabo…

Havana Instant / A Moment in Havana, film directed by Guillermo Ivan (Mexico / Cuba) and filmed entirely in the city of Havana, Cuba in a co-production between Mexico, Colombia, Cuba and the United States, was awarded on September 7 at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival in which had its world premiere to a full house.

 

 

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El film Havana Instant tiene como tema de presentación el track La Gozadera, de Yoruba Andabo…

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Habana Instant / Un Instante en La Habana, largometraje dirigido por Guillermo Ivan (México/Cuba) y filmado en su totalidad  en la ciudad de la Habana, Cuba en una co-producción entre México, Colombia, Cuba y Estados Unidos, fue galardonado el pasado 7 de septiembre en la 39 edición del Festival Internacional de Cine de Montreal en el cual tuvo su estreno mundial a sala llena. El film se llevó el Premio de la Innovación del Jurado en la Competencia Mundial y fue ovacionado de pie por el público que asistió a dicha premier.

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Adicionalmente, Habana Instant recibió la 1ra. mención especial del Jurado Ecuménico (Interfilm-Signis), organización que otorga menciones a películas participantes en la competencia oficial de los festivales más reconocidos del mundo que muestren un talento genuino y que logren representar experiencias humanas que sensibilicen y cuestionen a la audiencia respecto a temas espirituales, humanos, y sociales y que fomenten valores de justicia, solidaridad, paz y dignidad. Esta organización se encarga de honrar proyectos de alta calidad cinematográfica que promuevan el poder del cine como un medio artístico de comunicación.

Habana Instant también participará en la competencia oficial del Festival Internacional de Cine de New Orleans en la categoría: Mejor Largometraje, el cual se llevará a cabo en la ciudad de New Orleans del 14 al 22 de Octubre de 2015.

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Havana Instant / A Moment in Havana, film directed by Guillermo Ivan (Mexico / Cuba) and filmed entirely in the city of Havana, Cuba in a co-production between Mexico, Colombia, Cuba and the United States, was awarded on September 7 at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival in which had its world premiere to a full house. The film Innovation Award Jury took the World Competition and received a standing ovation by the audience at this premiere.

Additionally, Instant Havana received the 1st Special mention of the Ecumenical Jury (Interfilm-Signis), an organization that provides references to films participating in the official competition of the most renowned festivals in the world who show a genuine talent and achieve represent human experiences that raise awareness and challenge the audience on issues spiritual, human, and social and to promote values ​​of justice, solidarity, peace and dignity. This organization is responsible for honoring high quality film projects that promote the power of film as an artistic medium.

Instant Havana will also participate in the official competition of the International Film Festival of New Orleans in the category: Best Feature Film, which will be held in the city of New Orleans from 14 to 22 October 2015.

Long for Home: day 9

Moving East to West

Green lace outfit Taken by my lovely friend, Amy Jo 🙂

(March 10, 2015)

I forget that language only really works by immersion. It’s harder for me to remember Yoruba because I don’t hear it all the time. I have to work a bit harder to keep my mother-tongue alive.

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Today, I found a new Yoruba artist and I jammed out to her songs while I packed up my apartment. I felt at home again. I could wrap my mouth around the delicious tones of my language; I could move my hips to the beat; I could hear all the layered meanings of words I would never be able to fully express in English. My soul sang.

I love Yoruba.

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Song of the day: “Sisi Eko” by Darey

(You can also listen my ṣe jẹjẹ” Spotify playlist if you want……

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