What is the Flamenco Rumba?

The Rumba, meaning “party”, originated in Havana, Cuba. The flamenco Rumba became popular in the late 20th century by artists such as Paco de Lucia, and Rodrigo Y Gabriella and Gipsy Kings, among others.

Percussive elements in the Rumba, including golpe and slapping the strings and/or body of the guitar, make this form especially animated and fun for the audience.

The flamenco Rumba is in a minor mode, and notated in 4/4 time. However, the Rumba’s rhythmic structure is alternatively thought of as 8 beats (3+3+2) in a single measure.

The Rumba’s characteristic accents on beats 1, 4, and 7, give the Rumba an exciting drive:

Flamenco Rumba Rhythm and accents for guitar
Rumba Rhythm

Flamenco Rumba Examples and Links

Here are some of my favorite Rumba examples:

Paco de Lucía – Entre dos Aguas (Rumba)
Paco Peña – Herencia Latina (Rumba)
Juan Martín – Rumba Nostalgica & La Feria (Rumbas)
Tomatito – Rumba de la Lira
Rodrigo Y Gabriela – “Tamacun’ (Rumba)
Gipsy Kings – Rumba