Congolese rumba: why the dance recognised by Unesco is special, and what its heritage designation means to two African nations

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Congolese rumba: why the dance recognised by Unesco is special, and what its heritage designation means to two African nations

The band strikes up the rumba, and the dance floor in Kinshasa fills with couples who sway to its slinky, sensual rhythm.Rumba has an international following, especially for its brassy Cuban version. But in Congo, the guitar-driven local variant has a deep and passionate following, and devotees of the genre have been celebrating this week as it was declared a world cultural treasure.The United Nations’ cultural agency Unesco on December 14 added the Congolese rumba to its intangible cultural…

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