oxford views updated May 23 2018
rum·ba / ˈrəmbə; ˈroŏm-; ˈroōm-/ (also rhum·ba) •
n. a rhythmic dance with Spanish and African elements, originating in Cuba. ∎ a piece of music for this dance or in a similar style. ∎ a ballroom dance imitative of this dance.•
v. (-bas, -baed / -bəd/ , -ba·ing) [intr.] dance the rumba.
oxford views updated May 18 2018
Cuban dance in 8/8 time which extended into world of jazz c.
1930. Orig. perf. by instr. ens. with singer uttering meaningless phrases and syllables. Arthur Benjamin wrote a Jamaican Rumba
and rumba rhythm has been used by other composers, e.g. Tippett and McCabe.