How to Create a Rumba (1999)

Genres - Dance, Music  |   Sub-Genres - Ballroom Dance, Instrumental Music, Music History  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Nathan Southern

Writer/director/producer Ivan Acosta helms the original documentary How to Create a Rumba (Como se Forma una Rumba). This 73-minute film cuts between insightful, occasionally humorous interviews with musicians who discuss the relevance of the rumba dance to Cuban culture and society, and Afro-Cuban "jam sessions" that bring the sound to sizzling life. The film boasts an all-star lineup of over 20 rumba luminaries, including Juan Pablo Torres, Israel Kantor, Carlos y Marta, Armando Lopez, Art Farmer, and Raices Habaneras. This is an excellent companion piece to Acosta's Grammy-nominated Fifty Years of Mambo.




cha-cha, Cuba, Latin-music, mambo, musical-styles, musician, retrospective, rhythm, roots [origins], rumba, salsa-dancing, salsa-music