Last Updated on June 8, 2021 by Jim Ferri
Tumba Francesa, is a traditional cultural dance, song, and drumming style that emerged in Oriente, Cuba.
It was brought to Cuba by Haitian black slaves who were resettled in the island’s eastern regions 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 produce a very vibrant sound, as you’ll soon see.
It’s often accompanied by trumpets, usually played by Cuban bands, and the clothes of the dancers are colorful and flamboyant.