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Tumba francesa in Guantanamo

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Uploaded on Nov 11, 2009

I have uploaded this despite the fact that the lyrics might offend some people because I think it has cultural value as a look at the music and dance of Tumba Francesa. I don't think many people have actually heard this music or seen the dance. It developed in eastern Cuba after imigration from Haiti and clearly shows the Haitian influence in Cuban folkloric music. I find it particularly interesting that the music is so heavily Afro-Caribbean while the dance is so clearly an adaptation of what the slaves must have seen their European owners dancing.
Thanks to Daniel Mirabeau for a transcription and translation to Spanish of the song:
Ay comandante bonswa kouman ou ye
Comandante bonswa kouman ou ye
Cubanos remèsi
Tou sa lo fè kòm nou
Ay mèsi Fidel
Tou sa lo fè kòm nou
A la la la
Tou sa lo fè kòm nou
Ache mèsi Fidel
Tou sa lo fè kòm nou

En castellano:
Ay comandante, buenas noches como estás?
Los cubanos te agradecen
Todos lo hacen como nosotros
Ay gracias Fidel
A la la la
Aché gracias Fidel
Todos lo hacen como nosotros

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