The trans-atlantic journey of Gumbé: where and why has it survived?

  • Rachel Jackson World Music Network


The word 'gumbe' is extremely difficult to define. Gumbé can refer to a specific drum, dance, rhythm or social context. For the purposes of my research I define gumbé as both a drum and a genre of dance music. Ultimately the drum and the genre are inherently linked: tracing the transatlantic journey of the gumbe drum illuminates varying conceptions of gumbé as a genre.
How to Cite
Jackson, R. “The Trans-Atlantic Journey of Gumbé: Where and Why Has It Survived?”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 9, no. 2, Nov. 2012, pp. 128-53, doi: