“…the drum – not a tambourine, but what an African would call a drum – is conspicuously missing from European music before the sixteenth century.
The Church disapproved.
The Church considered the black drum to be an instrument of the devil. In a sense it was right. The drum was the instrument of what the Church considered the devil: polytheistic Africa.
The Church, which from the time of its establishment controlled the flow of knowledge in Christian Europe, functioned as a rhythmic retardant by doing everything possible to banish dancing and dance music from European culture. The effects of this are with us still; the next time you make a joke about white people not being able to dance, consider that for a thousand years or so it was prohibited.”
~Cuba and Its Music, Ned Sublette