I recently had the opportunity to work with the amazing dancer and dance teacher Kimberly Miguel Mullen at her special Afro Cuban Folkloric dance workshop in Nevada City, California. Nevada city is situated on the beautiful Yuba river and is a thriving tourist and drum and dance community as well.
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This is a classic rumba video from my vault. It features the group, “Raices Profunda” (Deep Roots) from Havana Cuba.
The dance and drum rhythm is called rumba columbia.
Studying drums in another culture part one Cuba 1985 If you have been playing any type of ethnic drums for any amount of time the fantasy of playing in another land or even performing has probably cross dour mind. For years I watched friends and even students of mine crossing the borders of other countries to study live and learn by immersion and non western ways. They inevitably came back full and excited. I listened to the cassette tapes in the early days before video cameras and then watched their videos later. I knew it was my destiny to travel and to study and to some how share what I learned and even somehow introduce some of the experiences and people I had met along the way with others outside …