Chumba is a traditional form of music and dance performed by the Garifuna people in several Central American countries.[1] Like punta (another type of Garifuna music), chumba songs are highly polyrhythmic, but have a slower tempo.[1][2]

The chumba dance is a solo dance performed by a woman, often exhibiting a large degree of individual style.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Whittaker, Sabas H. (2003). Africans in the Americas Our Journey Throughout the World. New York: iUniverse. p. 204. ISBN 0595302475.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Carol; Travis Jenkins (1982). "Garifuna Musical Style and Cultural History". Belizean Studies. 10 (3/4): 18.
  3. ^ Serrano, Amy (2009). "From Punta to Chumba: Garifuna Music and Dance in New Orleans". Louisiana's Living Traditions. Louisiana Division of the Arts. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2012.

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