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

February 1, 2007|
Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo by Ned Sublette
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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 Valdés, Arsenio Rodríguez, Benny Moré, and Pérez 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 Andalucía, 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 Santería, Palo, Abakuá, and Vodú; and much more.
Ned Sublette is the cofounder of the Qbadisc record label. He has coproduced the public radio program Afropop Worldwide for seven years and travels frequently to Cuba.
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Title:Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the MamboFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:688 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.5 inShipping dimensions:688 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.5 inPublished:February 1, 2007Publisher:Chicago Review PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1556526326

ISBN - 13:9781556526329

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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