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IN CONGO REAL, WE WORK TO PROMOTE AND SAFEGUARD
AND SAFEGUARDING CULTURAL TRADITIONS

At the heart of our work is the preservation and protection of the traditions inherited from African culture: songs, rituals, dances and languages. And to ensure that they are properly passed on to new generations, especially children, so that they benefit from cultural development within and grow up in a context that facilitates their integration into society and fosters their contribution to humanity by being aware of who they are.

The essence of our work is to carry out socio-cultural actions aimed at promoting and maintaining the ancestral intangible heritage of African folklore, which has been preserved and passed down from generation to generation since colonial times, and is still today at the heart of Afro-Cuban culture.
African folklore has been preserved and passed down from generation to generation since colonial times, and is still at the heart of Afro-Cuban culture today.

We are convinced that the practice and teaching of these traditional dances, languages and songs are essential elements in safeguarding this ancestral knowledge, and that they must be seen and understood as bearers of meaning and history
of meaning and history, with a particle role and function in society.
   

We also carry out cultural exchange projects.

WHO ACCEPTS HIS ROOTS LIVES IDENTIFIED WITH HIMSELF
IN WHATEVER PART OF THE WORLD HE FINDS HIMSELF.

Orlando Álvarez González

General percussionist and singer with the Afro-Cuba group from Matanzas.

For Orlando Álvarez González and all the members of the Afro-Cuba group from Matanzas, being a member of the group is more than a gift, it's a blessing from (OLOFÍN - GOD) as they can live on passing on the heritage left by their ancestors.

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IMAGES FROM THE PRE-FILM OF THE
" THE ROOTS OF RUMBA"

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Cuban rumba is a musical genre born of various African rhythms brought to Cuba by slaves, mainly from Central Africa, during the colonial period. It has its origins in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and is made up of three variants: YAMBÚ, GUAGUANCO and COLUMBIA.

It is considered one of the most authentic cultural manifestations of the Cuban people.

 

Rumba cunaba succeeded from scratch in being recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2016.

That's why, more than the interest in producing the Roots of Rumba series, it's a commitment to the ancestors who, thanks to the rich musical heritage they left us, gave birth to this beautiful genre called Rumba. And to all the rumberos who are in heaven today, who have not been able to see how far Rumba has progressed, to all those who love it with all their heart and who help to maintain the heritage of this beautiful cultural event, which transcends borders a little more every day.

JULIO MAGUERO AND FOLK GROUP OBBA WEMILERE, IN THE CULTURAL PEÑA
OF ELDA CARRILLO MEDEROS.

ELDA CARRILLO MEDEROS, composer and director of the artistic company Maripza, has created her

cultural peña with the aim of raising funds and donating them to children suffering from cancer,

who have been hospitalized for cancer treatment at the oncology hospital located in the municipality

of Vedado, in Havana, Cuba.

That's why this video is so precious to me (Julio Manguero).

FOR A CULTURE OR CULTURAL EXPRESSION TO TRANSCEND

BE TRANSCENDED, THE MESSAGE OF ITS ESSENCE

MUST BE KNOWN BEYOND ITS BORDERS.

Julio Manguero is getting ready for a show.

WHAT WE DO

- Community work 

- Documentaries

- Interviews

- Conferences

- Cultural exchanges

 

- DANCE CLASSES FOR : 

   Adults, teenagers and children aged 7 and over.

- Cuban salsa

- Cuban rumba

- Afro-Cuban

- Traditional sound 

- Cuban folk dances

- Private lessons

CULTURE IS THE MOTHER OF IDENTITY

- Promote Afro-Cuban culture, traditional cultural expressions and traditional knowledge.

 

- Safeguard the intangible heritage of Afro-Cuban culture handed down from generation to generation from the African continent.       

   from the African continent.

 

- Revaluate the roots of Afro-Cuban culture, bear witness to its role in the history and safeguarding of ancestral traditions.

   history and safeguarding the ancestral indigenous traditions of Africa.

 

- Maintain the value of the essence of traditional dances, languages and songs, and ensure their transmission to new generations.

   Ensure that the essence of traditional dances, languages and songs is preserved and passed on to new generations.

 

- Support social and cultural projects in Cuba with the aim of providing the means to develop talents, particularly those of the

   younger generations, and in turn to preserve cultural knowledge, traditional traditions and a sense of identity, wherever they

   may be in the world,  

 

- We also broadcast popular Cuban dances such as son, mambo, cha cha cha, pilón, mozambique and comparza. 
   For Congo Real, in its songs, dances and percussion, there is an ancestral presence, influence and identity.

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THE ART OF CREATING,
IS BORN OF INSPIRATION.

AFTER GOD, YOUR SILENCE
IS YOUR BEST PROTECTION.

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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND YOU'LL UNDERSTAND,
THAT YOU ARE SMARTER, MORE SKILFUL AND STRONGER THAN YOU IMAGINE.

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MAKE PERSEVERANCE YOUR BEST ALLY
AND YOU'LL SEE HOW YOU'LL ACHIEVE
INCREDIBLE THINGS.

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TAMBOR BATA


 Introduced in Cuba by African slaves from Nigeria during Nigeria, during the colonial period.

 

Batá drums are bimembranophones.

Form a set of three drums of different diameters

used in ceremonies of the Yoruba religion.

The small is called Okonkolo, the middle Itótele and the great Iyá

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