Community Project Yambambo Promotes Haitian Culture in Cuba

Ciego de Avila, Cuba, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The community project Yambambo is carried out in this central province seeking to preserve Haitian roots and traditions in Cuba.

Supported by the Nicolas Guillen Foundation (FNG) in Ciego de Avila, the project was created two years ago by the music-dance group Famzetwal, made up of 15 women of Haitian descent.

The group Famzetwal, founded more than 20 years ago as Renacer Haitiano, was initially made up of men and women, nowadays women are the ones who sing, dance, play the drums and remain as true supporters of the empowerment of women and gender equality.

Writer Lina Leyva, member of the FNG and promoter of Yambambo, told the Prensa Latina news agency that one of the challenges of the project is to preserve the religion, traditions and rites of Haiti and its links with Cuban traditions.

She also said that the project seeks to join the Honorary Department of Haitian Researches in Cuba, recently created at the Maximo Gomez University in Ciego de Avila.

She said that Yambambo members gather every month and carry out workshops on dance, medicinal plants and handicrafts, they present typical dishes and confectionery and a Professor authorized by University of Ciego de Avila gives Creole lessons.

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