The Best Rumba Musicians

Over 100 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Rumba Musicians

Rumba artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good rumba bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top rumba bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Rumba groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all rumba bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest rumba bands of all time, since the most famous rumba artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best rumba music.

You can click on the rumba band names to see more information about that particular notable rumba group. If they're near the top of the best rumba artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top rumba bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the rumba band names themselves.

Artists on this list include Jovanotti and Diego Torres. Rank the best artists by voting on them and seeing which ones rise to the top. The fun part of voting on multiple artists is making the hard choices, like what's better Lelio La Tanza or Jerry González?

All important, significant and iconic names in rumba music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new rumba bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of rumba, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into rumba music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good rumba bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent rumba bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best rumba bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest rumba musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular rumba bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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  • Paul Matavire
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Fair use
    21 votes
    Paul Matavire was a blind Zimbabwean musician and songwriter born in Maranda, Mwenezi District. He rose to prominence in the 1980s when he joined the Jairos Jiri Band based in Bulawayo at the Jairos Jiri Rehabilitation Centre. He was then elected to lead the Jairo Jiri Band, as one of Zimbabwe's finest musicians to emerge after the country gained independence from Britain in 1980. He died at the age 44, in 2005, at his farm in Rutenga, Masvingo. By the time of his death he is believed to have been an owner of a large herd of cattle, having spent the last days of his life as a farmer.
    • Genres (Music): Rumba, Jit
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
  • Jovanotti
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain
    16 votes
    Lorenzo Cherubini (born 27 September 1966), better known as Jovanotti (Italian pronunciation: [dʒovaˈnɔtti]), is an Italian singer-songwriter and rapper. The name Jovanotti derives from the plural form of the Italian word giovanotto ("young man"), i.e., giovanotti. Cherubini initially chose "Joe Vanotti" as his stage name, but a promotional poster for a night club incorrectly billed him as "Jovanotti" and the name stuck. (The spelling Jovanotti is anglicized; the letter J is rarely used in Italian) Jovanotti is commonly known to his fans by the diminutive form "Jova", and often refers to himself that way in promotional items and on his Web TV channel Jova.TV, which launched October 2, 2014. Jovanotti gradually departed from his early mix of hip hop, rap and disco, taking in funk, world music and even classical arrangements and ska influences. As his musical influences changed, so did his lyrics too, which over time began to increasingly address philosophical, religious and political issues, which are more typical of the Italian cantautore tradition. His social and political commitment increased as well. Some of his earlier work is also closer to keyboard-heavy 1980s pop. Most of his songs are sung in Italian; he also released a Spanish-language greatest hits album. His live album includes a short version of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." Jovanotti appears on several international compilations, most notably Red Hot + Rhapsody, a 1998 tribute to George Gershwin, on which he performed "I Got Rhythm". Jovanotti also appeared in one of Luciano Pavarotti's charity concerts in 1996.
    • Genres (Music): Rumba, Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music, Rap rock
    • Albums: Lorenzo 2002 – Il quinto mondo, Safari, Backup 1987-2012, Lorenzo 1997: L'albero, Lorenzo 2005: Buon sangue
    • Nationality: Italy
  • 3
    48 votes
    Werra Son, real name Noël Ngiama Makanda born December 25, 1965 in Moliombo, a small village in Western Democratic Republic of Congo in Kikwit, Kwilu District is a musician from the Democratic Republic of Congo and also leader of the band Wenge Maison Mère (WMM). By age 8, Werrason was singing at his local church, the Protestant Church of Cebezo, Kinshasa. He loved martial arts and was a martial arts champion by age of 12. In 1981 in between his studies (for a degree in Accountancy) Werrason, and his college friends Didier Masela, Adolphe Dominguez, J.B Mpiana, Blaise Bula among others created an innovative musical band “Wenge Musica 4X4 Tout Terrain Bon Chic Bon Genre”.
    • Genres (Music): Soukous, Music of Africa, World music
  • Lelio La Tanza
    Photo: user uploaded image
    • Genres (Music): Rumba, Nuevo tango, Swing music, Flamenco, Afro-jazz
  • Diego Torres
    Photo: user uploaded image
    11 votes
    Diego Antonio Caccia (born March 9, 1971 in Buenos Aires), also known as Diego Torres, is an Argentine two Grammy Award-nominated pop singer, songwriter, composer, musician and actor (of films, theater and television). He is the son of the legendary Argentine artist Lolita Torres (1930-2002).
    • Genres (Music): Rumba, Ballad, Pop music, Latin American music, Flamenco
    • Albums: Luna Nueva, Diego Torres, Tal cual es, Un mundo diferente, MTV Unplugged
    • Nationality: Argentina
  • Staff Benda Bilili are a group of street musicians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They used to live around the grounds of the zoo in the country's capital city, Kinshasa, and play music which is rooted in rumba, with elements of old-school rhythm 'n' blues and reggae. The core of the band consists of four senior singers/guitarists, who are paraplegic and move around in spectacularly customized tricycles. They are backed by a younger rhythm section consisting of abandoned street children who were taken under the protection of the older members of the band. The soloist is an 18 year-old boy who plays guitar-like solos on an electrified one-stringed lute he designed and built himself out of a tin can. The group's name translates roughly from Lingala as "look beyond appearances". Staff Benda Bilili have earned the 2009 Artist Award at Womex. Staff Benda Bilili have sought to raise awareness about crimes against humanity in Democratic Republic of the Congo, contributing to the Enough Project and Downtown Records' Raise Hope for Congo compilation.
    • Genres (Music): Rumba, Reggae, Rhythm and blues
    • Albums: TRÈS TRÈS FORT'