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DVD

Rumbon Tropical
Published August 1, 2005

Boogalu Productions

Shot in a lush outdoor patio garden near Havana’s oft-celebrated Almendares River, Rumbon Tropical offers an intimate glimpse of a typical Afro-Cuban rumba session. Starring the Rumberos de Cuba, a Havana-based folkloric music and dance group boasting some veterans of the prestigious Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, the DVD gives viewers a hip-shaking breakdown of the various rumbas, guangauncos and shout-outs to the Orishas that constitute a classic rumba session. Though the packaging and picture quality are little low-budget, the infectious music more than makes up for it.