The French Tomb

The French Tomb was born from the slave supply of the French colonist José Eugenio Revé Founsamné and the French family population. Throughout the century and a half since it was founded, several of its members joined the mambi troops of Antonio Maceo, during their passage through Saga de Tánamo during the 10 Years War and the War of '95.

The festival of La Tumba Francesa, which in Conga means "Noisy party with drums", has a common musical trunk in certain songs and dances from the Congo and Dahoney influenced by the French culture of the 18th century. The music of this festival is performed by a orchestra or musical group of percussion instruments.

The French Tomb as a traditional popular dance and festival also has its origins with the arrival to Cuba of French colonists with their servants during the slave revolution in Haiti against their French masters. These settlers took refuge mainly in the eastern part of Cuba and here they began to promote the cultivation of coffee that took hold in the eastern mountainous area.

The French Tomb of Bejuco de Sagua de Tánamo in the province of Holguin emerged spontaneously in the mid-19th century.

The French Tomb of Bejuco has its peak period or systematic activity in the final decades of the 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th century in Cuba. Approximately after 1917, a period of less action began in terms of celebrating festivals, mainly due to the discontent they felt in the social environment in which they lived, and the death of many older or veteran dancers.

The theme of his oldest songs refers to the Cuban War of Independence, many to women and others are songs of attacks on enemies, or exaltation and thanks to a friend.

From 1959 to today. It could be considered in the life of the group, a period in which they make some presentations within the framework of the carnival of the municipality of Sagua de Tánamo in Holguin, supported by the National Council of Culture and its activists who try to rescue the cultural traditions of the community so that the people of Holguin can witness and value while enjoying a genuinely popular spectacle, which in a certain way was marginalized by not having support for its development from the governments in power of the pseudo-republic in Cuba.

In general, it is corroborated that currently La Tumba Francesa in Holguin has suffered a gradual decline due to the advanced age of many of its main tumberos, as well as the loss of composé or main soloists (those who sing in the Creole language) who give strength and character to the group within what is typical and typical of the French tomb as an expression of the Traditional Popular Culture of Cuba.

The French Tomb of Bejuco, in Sagua de Tánamo in Holguin, is characterized by being a entertainment group for the old and young tumberos of the place, and today called the Art Group Bearer of Traditional Popular Culture.

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