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, rhumba
1. a rhythmic and syncopated Cuban dance in duple time
2. a ballroom dance derived from this
3. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance



a ballroom dance of Mexican origin using elements of Cuban folk dance with a sharply syncopated rhythm. The rumba became popular in the late 1920’s in the USA and Western Europe. The musical measure is 4/4, and the tempo is moderate with a sharp increase in the last part.


A popular family of PC-to-host connectivity programs from NetManage, Inc., Cupertino, CA ( Acquired in 1999 from Wall Data Inc., the RUMBA software gives desktop PC users access to virtually any host across any network. Rumba supports Windows and OS/2 clients connected to IBM mainframes, AS/400s, VAXes, HP, Unix and other hosts via coax adapters, twinax cards or the network.
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And the rhythms are unmistakably those Latin rumba rhythms that have been popular in Africa since the 1950s and are now interwoven so completely into much of the continent's contemporary music.
They will be shaking their glamorous appendages through the Argentine tango, taking on rumba rhythms, performing sizzling sambas and mambo moves.
Although always associated with Cuba, rumba rhythms are thought to have originated in Africa.
Hip-hop and rumba rhythms also have influenced timba.