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Cuba: Rumba Declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation

Sunday, 19 February 2012 08:57
HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 16 (acn) The president of the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC), Miguel Barnet, said on Wednesday that the declaration of rumba as Cultural Heritage of the Nation is an unprecedented event that paves the way for the recognition of the richness and variety of the people’s cultural heritage.

At the venue of UNEAC in Havana and accompanied by the president of the National Council of Cultural Heritage, Gladys Collazo, Barnet gave details of the process through which rumba became the first musical-dance expression to receive such acknowledgement.

“Rumba is an indissoluble part of the very essence of our identity and it is clear that we don’t need anyone to remind us of its many patrimonial values,” Barnet added.

“I think the day is near when rumba, with all its attributes, history, and validity, will become part of the world list of UNESCO’s Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity,” the UNEAC president noted.

Barnet said it was a great day for all rumba artists of yesterday and today and he mentioned Andrea Baro, Malanga, Saldiguera, Virulilla, Ignacio Piñeiro, Chano Pozo, Tio Tom, Papin Abreu, Calixto Callava and Goyo Hernandez.

Source: Caricom News Network

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