The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed this Tuesday, December 14, the Congolese rumba on the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
According to Unesco, it is considered an essential and representative part of the identity of the Congolese people and their populations in the diaspora. It also allows the transmission of social and cultural values of the region, but also the promotion of social, intergenerational and united cohesion.
Rumba also plays an important economic role, reads the Unesco website, because, she explains, orchestras are increasingly developing cultural entrepreneurship aimed at reducing poverty. Rumba is considered an essential and representative element of the identity of the Congolese people and their diaspora.
Congolese rumba is a musical genre and dance common in urban areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo. Usually danced by a man-woman couple, it is a multicultural form of expression from an ancient dance called nkumba (which means “waist” in Kikongo).