Action Plan for the Safeguarding of La Tumba Francesa

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 122,045
  • Source:
    • Japan Funds-in-Trust
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/06/2005 - 01/08/2008

Benefitting country(ies): Cuba


The dance, song and drumming style known as Tumba Francesa (French Drum) was brought to Cuba by Haitian slaves in the 1790s. It embodies one of the oldest and most tangible links to the Afro-Haitian heritage of Cuba’s Oriente province and developed from an eighteenth- century fusion of music from Dahomey in West Africa and traditional French dances.


  • Ensure the viability of « La Tumba Francesa »
  • Reinforcement of intergenerational transmission of knowledge and skills
  • Capacity-building


  • Creation of an inventory of the different elements of « La Tumba Francesa »
  • Organisation of awareness-raising campaigns
  • Establishment of capacity-building programmes
  • Production of pedagogical publications and multimedia material

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