Watch the African Rhumba online guitar lesson by Zoumana Diarra from West African Guidebook

Let's look at the first part of the African rhumba. The African rhumba is inspired by West African musicians from the French colonies who traveled to Cuba in the fifties. Musicians were paid by the local government to modernize their playing, bringing in modern instruments like the guitar. Before they went to Cuba, African musicians played melodies - they didn't know what a chord was.

Soukous originated from the African rhumba, of which two famous players are Dr. Nico and Rochereau.