A basic rumba rhythm, played with cajón and palmas. The rumba is an ida y vuelta form brought to Anadalucía from Cuba. Though it was originally adopted (according to Robin Totton) by the Barcelona Gypsies, it has since been perhaps most effectively popularized by Paco de Lucía’s Entre Dos Aguas. The rumba flamenca is often denigrated as "pseudo-flamenco" (also Totton’s words), but be this as it may, it is also an essential character in the por fiesta repertoire (Don Pohren calls it "flamenco’s sexiest dance").
The compás of rumba flamenca is similar to that of the tangos, but instead of accenting the 2, 3, and 4 beats of a four beat cycle, the guitar accompaniment for rumba accents the 1, the upbeat of the 2, and the 4. This gives it a lighter air and a bit more "swing."