Monday, November 19, 2012

The Rumba

Rumba music in more or less its present form has existed in Latin America for over a hundred years. The exact meaning varies throughout the Caribbean. And the true rumba beginnings come from the Mayan civilization in Mexico. There have been many modifations from Spanish influence and from the descendants of third and fourth generation negro slaves in the caribbean.

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It then bursts into flame again
by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful
for those people who rekindle our inner spirit."

Real interest in Latin music in the United States began in the late twenties of the last century as a result of increased American Tourism to Latin America. In 1930, the depression just starting, "The Peanut Vender" was introduced and America suddenly became aware of Latin music as a source of dance numbers. And in the thirties, the band formed by Xavier Cugat specialized in Latin-American music.

There are three different basic step patterns in the American Rumba. The easiest of course the original from the Caribbean, a Rock step and a slow step, and breaking on the one or two whichever is the loudest. The Arthur Murray box step is slow, quick, quick and the Fred Astaire box step is quick, quick, slow. It will eventually evolve into the alternate, the Rock Step and Slow.

The above is a good example of the type of music danced in Latin America. In this case it is by Mariachis, which is music with its own sound.

This Latin music is increasing slowly to the Waianae Coast which, on the westernmost part of Oahu, stretches 20 miles from the town of Nanakuli to Makaha. Maybe we help, but I do not know yet if you get this music with a slow internet. Then the music is there, but you need good speakers or good earphones to capture it all.

"Rum And Coca-Cola"   ...   Andrews Sisters

Farrington Highway is the only road in and out of Waianae and they are continally working on it to expand its utility which is of utmost necessity. With an improved bus service, there will never be a need for a rail. The perfect example is the #94 bus which is still a shortie bus. You go to town on the "C" (cattle car) and make your errands.

Then get to Alapai Transit Center before 4:00 PM and get the #93 bus back to Nanakuli. Before it gets on the freeway it is almost full, but everyone is "sitting" down comfortably. Everyone on the bus realizes that there are almost 50 cars right in front of the bus that are missing. The drivers are "sitting" in the bus. I get home at 5:00 PM. There isn't a rail in this entire world that is ever going to beat that. Not only that I get off the bus right around the from where I live. No rail station humbug.