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Rumba at the Underbelly Festival 2012

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by Matthew Cook (subscribe)
Matthew Cook - a writer in East London who never tires of the new and crazy events that spring up in London.
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To pick an event from the varied entertainments at the currently ongoing Underbelly Festival is no easy task. Yet the moment I read Rumba my eyes half close with my hips shimmying to the imaginary beat.

Rumba they say isn't for everyone, I pooh pooh this contention. If there is a style of music that speaks to us all, and gets us doing a bizarre sit down dance, well then its speaks for its self. Listen to this for the rest of the article and you'll know what I mean.

Rumba numba's from the 50s trailing right up to modern hits whilst flirting with salsa and reggaeton along the way, this is a masterclass in the greatest tunes from this genre. Live dance performances from Osvadys Ganza and critically acclaimed ladies man 'El Chico Divino', Nice. With the backbone music performed by Sonora La Calle a further treat to tease you into this extravaganza, hailing from the world famous Buena vista social club; Eric Turro Martinez will dance the stage crazy with his hypnotic stylings from the genres best export.

I have a few Latin friends, they may scoff at my attempts at salsa rumba hip gyrating, but what is important is that I couldn't give a monkeys. Something stirs in me when this music starts to filter down my lug holes, and I bluddy like it, and so should you. Check out the Underbelly Festival on till July 8th and enjoy all the festivities, but my moneys on the Rumba.
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Why? To Dance Till Your Rumba Feet Hurt
When: From Now On Till 8th July
Phone: 0844 545 8282
Where: Southbank Centre
Cost: 15 - 25 (Not just for Rumba)
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