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Stanford Report, October 18, 2000
Cuba's Los Muñequitos de Matanzas will bring rumba to Stanford

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuban rumba artists who have been singing, dancing and playing music for half a century, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Kresge Auditorium.

The ensemble includes three generations of rumberos. General admission is $15 in advance, $18 at the door; $5 for children under 12 and $3 for Stanford students with identification. Tickets are available at Stanford Ticket Office, 725-2787.

Los Muñequitos was founded in a barrio in Matanzas, Cuba, by youths using dishes and bottles to follow the rhythms of a song. Initially called Guaguancó Matancero, the ensemble emphasizes rumba in its three variants based on percussion ­ el yambú (a slow rhythm danced by couples), la columbia (a rural form danced by men, sometimes with knives) and el guaguancó (a contemporary urban rumba). Their music remains close to its African roots.

The show is presented by El Centro Chicano, the Black Community Services Center and the Center for Latin American Studies. It is sponsored by the Committee on Black Performing Arts, the Bechtel International Center and the Dance Division of the Drama Department.

For more information, call 723-2089.