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Cuba and Its Music : From the First Drums to the Mambo - Ned Sublette

Cuba and Its Music

From the First Drums to the Mambo

Paperback Published: 1st February 2007
ISBN: 9781556526329
Number Of Pages: 688

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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.

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"As enthralling as it is comprehensive, [Sublette's] book breathes life and fire into the whole history of Cuban music." --Bonnie Raitt

The Highest-Priced Slaves
Drums of War
""We Have Always Had the Drum""
Zarabanda's Mambo
The Areito and the Romance
By Post from the Indies
The Shipyard
The Fertile Crescent
The Atlantis of the Caribbean
Buying Whites and Selling Blacks: A Contradanza
La Nuit des Tropiques
The Western and Central Sudanic Blues
The Congo That Was Cuba
A Secret Language, for Men Only
Hiding in Plain Sight
The Romance of Revolution
Marti's Monster
Guitar and Piano
If He Bathes, He Splashes You
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ISBN: 9781556526329
ISBN-10: 1556526326
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 1st February 2007
Publisher: A Cappella Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.91