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Guantanamo Rattled by Int'l Rumba Festival "Timbalaye"
The 7th Int'l "Timbalaye" Rumba Festival - which for fist time runs through several Cuba provinces - shook Guantanamo on August 30th, where artists, researchers and guests debated on one of the country's traditional rhythms - declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation.

The participation of children of the project El Patio de Adela, a center in the popular neighborhood of La Loma del Chivo, folklore groups that cultivate the rumba showed their variants of percussion boxes, columbia and guaguanco, playing the best of their repertoire individually or in pickets, an evidence of exquisite and quality of the Guantanamo exponents at the event, according to Jorge Andrew Thomas Nelson, the principal research specialist of Culture in the province.

The so-called Ruta de la Rumba (Road of Rumba), an audiovisual material, will support the Cuban proposal to UNESCO in order to declare the gender as intangible cultural heritage, thus Timbalaye already reached the provinces of Pinar del Rio, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Camaguey and will conclude in Santiago de Cuba.

The presentations took place in the area of ​​Traditions, opposite the House of Changüi Chito Latamble, and the studio of La Tumba Francesa Pompadour - Santa Catalina de Ricci, in this city, involving the music and dances of this cultural institution.

The cultural project El Patio de Adela, the group of Haitian tradition Los Cossia, the Folk Ballet Babul Company, rumba groups Akokan Ache and Oba Ilu Ara, as well as a selection of rumba players involved in an All-Star team performed during Timbalaye Festival, which is dedicated to the Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortiz, due to his momentous scientific, social and cultural work for knowledge of national identity.

The event in Guantanamo was organized by the Provincial Center of Music "Luis Martinez Griñan" (Lili), the Provincial Council of the Performing Arts, the provincial Department of Culture and the Cuban Writers and Artists Asociation. / By Victor Hugo Puron Fonseca - Venceremos / Translated by Liubis Balart Martinez.

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