Tumbao By Tania Leon Performed By Jade Simmons


The contribution to universal culture by Cubans of African descent is substantial. Afro-Cuban music has significantly influenced the development of Blues, Jazz, and Rhythm and Blues.

Tania Leon in the composition published here, creates a “toccata” piece built on the identifiable tumbao style riffing. What is most wonderful about this composition is how she uses the familiar elements of the tumbao, to build a complex harmonic portrait of the rhythm of the heat.

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