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Dictionary Definition



1 syncopated music in duple time for dancing the rumba [syn: rhumba]
2 a rhythmic syncopated Cuban folk dance in duple time
3 a ballroom dance based on the Cuban folk dance

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a slow-paced Cuban partner dance in 4:4 time


Extensive Definition

Rumba is a family of music rhythms and dance styles that originated in Africa and were introduced to Cuba and the New World by African slaves. Rumba may refer to:

Music and dance

  • Cuban Rumba, Afro-Cuban music and dance rhythms that gave birth to other forms of rumba
  • Rumba (dance), several dance styles that correspond to various styles and epochs of Rumba music
  • Flamenco Rumba, a style of flamenco music also known as Gypsy Rumba or Rumba Gitana
  • African Rumba, a style of music that originated in Congo, and evolved into Soukous music


rumba in Italian: Rumba
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