Los Muñequitos de Matanzas

By Robert Leaver

 

             In the annals of Afro-Cuban folklore and in particular its most celebrated form of musical expression, the rumba, one group stands as the most vaunted and enduring- Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. Rumba developed in the docks of Havana and Matanzas, Cuba beginning in the 19th century as dockworkers, mostly of African ancestry, passed the time using boxes (cajón) like drums to accompany them as they created songs. Over time the conga drums, clave (sticks), catá (a wooden block hollowed with a slit and... Read More

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