Living Cultures: The Tumba Francesa (2009)
Andrea is a radiant, attractive woman in her fifties. With her husband Flavio, she reigns over the Tumba of Santiago. The Tumba is the mother of Cuban music – dances of the French court of Versailles as seen through the eyes of slaves and brought to life by their African drums. When Andrea and Falvio’s daughter Suleidis is not strutting in a courtly dress, she is swaying on the streets to popular music. For many years, Tumba was practiced by French descendants only, but is now open to all. In Santiago as well as Guantanamo, schools teach young children the dances and songs, to perpetuate this two-hundred-year-old tradition, now endangered.