Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo

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Chicago Review Press, Feb 1, 2007 - History - 688 pages
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This entertaining history of Cuba and its music begins with the collision of Spain and Africa and continues through the era of Miguelito Valdes, Arsenio Rodriguez, Benny More, and Perez Prado. It offers a behind-the-scenes examination of music from a Cuban point of view, unearthing surprising, provocative connections and making the case that Cuba was fundamental to the evolution of music in the New World. The ways in which the music of black slaves transformed 16th-century Europe, how the claves appeared, and how Cuban music influenced ragtime, jazz, and rhythm and blues are revealed. Music lovers will follow this journey from Andalucia, the Congo, the Calabar, Dahomey, and Yorubaland via Cuba to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saint-Domingue, New Orleans, New York, and Miami. The music is placed in a historical context that considers the complexities of the slave trade; Cuba's relationship to the United States; its revolutionary political traditions; the music of Santeria, Palo, Abakua, and Vodu; and much more.
  

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Review: Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo

User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

A feast! I'll be buying a copy to keep around for reference. If you care about music you should read this. You don't have to be a Latin music fan. Read full review

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Contents

Part II Colonial Cuba
59
Part III AfroCuba
157
Part IV Insurgent Cuba
233
Part V The Plattist Republic
285
Part VI Batista in Power
417
Part VII The Auténtico Years
501
Coda
585
Suggested Listening
587
Notes
590
Bibliography
615
Acknowledgments
645
Index
648
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Ned Sublette is the author of "Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo," Cofounder of the record label Qbadisc, he coproduced the public radio program "Afropop Worldwide" for seven years. A writer, record producer, and musician, he lives in New York City.

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