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Havana Cultura // Watch Rumba 101 // Extra documentary screenings

January 15, 2016

The latest chapter in the longstanding relationship between Gilles Peterson and the music of Cuba, Havana Club Rumba sees him explore the roots of rumba through a project comprising three parts: a feature length documentary, a collection of remixes and a free sample pack.

Produced in collaboration with Cuban rum maker Havana Club – that created the Havana Cultura platform to promote contemporary Cuban culture –, it’s another episode in a six-year relationship that’s already given vital exposure to different aspects of Cuba’s thriving music culture through the Havana Cultura album series.

Unpacking the three main styles of rumba is a central part of the project. Largely agreed to be guaganco, yambu and columbia, Peterson worked with the island’s esteemed rumberos to record authoritative versions of the three rhythms as well as discuss what differing meanings and origins are attached to each. The rhythms are the starting point from which the three strands of the project have diverged.

Check out Rumba 101 below to get a quick run-through of the basics.

This cut is taken from the feature-length documentary, Havana Club Rumba Sessions: La Clave, of which we’ve just announced a bunch more screenings in London and beyond. Check those deets below:

Institute for Contemporary Arts on January 30th, January 31st, February 4th, February 25th, February 26th, February 27th, February 28th – London, UK – TICKETS

Lula Lounge on February 4th, 2016 – Toronto, Canada – TICKETS

Lexi Cinema on February 24th 2016 – London, UK – TICKETS

Phoenix Cinema on February 28th 2016 – London, UK – TICKETS

Africa Festival on May 26th 2016 – Wurzburg, Germany – TICKETS

And you can now stream a Motor City Drum Ensemble track from the album ahead of its release in March. To hear that and read more about the album head here.