Timba evolved independently from the salsa music that developed throughout the rest of the world. It brings elements of rock, funk, hip-hop, rap, jazz, son, rumba, and even Nueva Trova together into an explosion of sound. Feel the Timba beat at the disco – the music is highly innovative and improvisational. The intuitive and passionate dance style that accompanies Timba is known as casino.
The music of Cuba is largely based on its cultural origins in Europe and Africa. The arrival on the island of thousands of African slaves over the course of three hundred years created a wealth of new musical forms. Deeply rooted in African rhythms, the country’s distinctive music owes its melodic power to its Spanish colonial heritage. The lively, energetic Cuban sound has profoundly influenced musical styles throughout the world, an impact that continues to this day. Distinct dance forms, related to specific types of music, over time have cross-pollinated, evolving into new styles of expression.