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FIRST INTUITION

The advantage of people who think before they act is

that they always have a valuable possibility of analyzing

all their actions before tacking the first step.


It is no coincidence that people who analyzing think,

are the ones who manages to achieve great things.

 

PROJECT URINE AND TRADITION

For our team, the realization of each project goes beyond mere pleasure and personal satisfaction, because the goal that we really set ourselves is to make

each project go beyond the limits of its boundaries.

 

CONGO REAL

ACTION IS THE BEST WAY TO BE PRESENT
IN OUR PROJECTS.

        1

           FIRST
            WE VISUALIZE   

2

SECOND
WE PROJECT OURSELVES   

3

  THIRD
WE MAKE THEM  

The association Congo Real is seriously committed to safeguarding

the different Afro-Cuban cultures and ancestral expressions.

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 ELEGUA
  LAROYE

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"The roots of rumba".

An interesting six-part series that traces the emergence of Cuban rumba. You can also follow the trajectory of African slaves before their arrival in Cuba and, in particular, their passage through Spain, where they left a great cultural imprint in this European country that is perhaps about to be forgotten. 

Cuban rumba is one of Cuba's most authentic artistic expressions. Born of African rhythms, it was declared an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO in 2016.

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PAPITO RIKI RIKI

TAITA COLUMBIN

Papito, one of the main characters in the Raíces de la Rumba series, is a defender, carrier and transmitter of Afro-Cuban culture. In addition to being a great percussionist and having a great knowledge of nature, he is a great specialist in the making of African drums, so much so that most of the Batá drums that exist in the municipality of Matanzas, capital of the province, were created by his hands.

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Papito Riki Riki à gauche et Julio Manguero à droite, dans la construction d'un

tambour Bata.

(Vadim Cardenas - Taita Columbino) Represents a cimarrón in the Raíces de la Rumba series and is one of the main protagonists. He is also a carrier and transmitter of Afro-Cuban culture, singer and percussionist, with extensive knowledge of Afro-Cuban rhythms such as Yoruba, Palo, Mayombe,

Abakuá, Arara, Iyeza, Makuta congo, Makuta Mina

and Maní, among others. He is an excellent rumba singer, particularly known for his "columbia" variant.

Rumberos call him the Nightingale.

WHEN THE TRUTH COMES, THE LIE DISAPPEARS. 

YAIMA PELLADITO / ESSENCE AND TRADITION

Master dancer, percussionist and singer.
She comes from a family of great artists, defenders and transmitters of Afro-Cuban cults and rumba. 

Her grandfather was the founder of the prestigious and legendary rumba group Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, of which her father is now a member.

Yaima is proud of her family and of being able to pass on to new generations all the ancestral knowledge she has inherited.

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THE CUBAN RUMBA IS,
HARMONY,
TEMPO,
MEASURE
AND CADENCE.

Completing the "Roots of Rumba" series is one of our main goals as a project, because it tells a memory that may be about to be forgotten, and we know it will help many people not only to understand a true story, but also to connect to their cultural identity, and generations to understand the importance of living connected to the cultural identity of their roots. 

Furthermore, we are convinced that it will motivate anthropologists, ethnologists, museologists, researchers and cultural advocates to continue working hard to preserve knowledge of traditional cultural expressions, because of the content that is conveyed in the series.

Perseverance is the mental force that guides human beings towards the realization of the projects they visualize.
Julio Manguero

When we don't have the resources to start the beautiful project we so desire, we shouldn't use the word "but" as an excuse, but rather use

the lack of resources as a double motivation to get started,with more enthusiasm than ever, that blessed dream we want so much to realize.

And, even if many criticize you because they don't don't see our ideas clearly, never stop at their thoughts, continue to follow the path of your

own will and puton the head of your precious goal a golden crown with a beautiful achievement.

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This image corresponds to the plant (OROSCO).
( Central:) Factory where sugar cane is crushed to extract sugar. Located in the province of Pinar del Rio Cuba.  Most of the African slaves who arrived in Cuba during the colonial period, worked cutting sugar cane to feed the sugar mills for sugar production. 

For me (Julio Manguero), this center, on a personal level, makes a lot of sense, attracts me and a lot of feelings, because my great-grandfather lived there as a slave, as a teenager, until he managed to escape and became a cimarrón. Later, when he became an adult, he created the temple house that governs Orisha Shango, and thanks to the family oral transmission, which was made from generation to generation, we maintained the tradition.

CONGO REAL DE NACIÓN

IN TOTAL COMMITMENT TO ANCESTRAL TRADITIONAL EXPRESSIONS.

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We can evolve and live proud of how much we have progressed,

because life is evolution. But without                     ever forgetting or renouncing

    to the essence of your roots. For our                          root is the mother

      of our identity.   

 Julio Manguero

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Peter Pam and Carlos Magaña.

Two legends of the

Cuban rumba.
Both were born in the province,

Santiago de Cuba,

better known as the   

hot earth.

 PROJET RENAÎTRE

RUMBEROS

Rebirth is a very important project for Congo Real, because its main objective is to revive and give life to talents that have been icons and cultivators, rumba, ancestral Afro-Cuban cults of Cuban culture, whose people do not enjoy great popularity and just recognition, because in the geographical places where they have lived there are no means that give life to their works or their figures.

 The expression of your gaze speaks of the infinite love you feel for yourself.

Julio Manguero

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Use your intelligence without hiding the light of your mental strength, and you will see how your

main success comes to you through the freedom of your own thoughts, and from there, one after

the other, as long as you make the right decisions following the guidance of your own intuition.

For no one knows better than you what you really want and how far the power and scope of your

nature reaches.

It is true that it is wise to listen to the advice of others, but each one must go in search of his own

realizations, starting from his own decision.

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AFRICAN SONGS, DANCES, RITUALS AND CULTS ARRIVED IN CUBA TO STAY AND LEAVE
THEIR MARK ON A CULTURAL IDENTITY.

The cultural treasure left by our ancestors as a legacy
is priceless, for that reason it is non-negotiable.
Julio Manguero.

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