Cuban Music: From Son and Rumba to the Buena Vista Social Club and Timba Cubana

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Markus Wiener Publishers, 2002 - Music - 246 pages
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Native Americans supplied the maracas, African slaves brought drums and ritual music, and Spaniards contributed guitars, brass instruments, and clarinets. Cuban culture represents a convergence of these diverse backgrounds.?This book helps explain the many musical threads that fused to form the rich musical heritage of Cuba. Roy traces the music?s development from its rich roots?to music since the Cuban revolution and post-Buena Vista Social Club directions.??Library Journal?From Rumba to rap, Paris-based writer Maya Roy surveys the history of Cuban music, showing how the island?s colonial history led to a unique fusion of musical influences from around the world. Cuban Music examines the ritual music of slaves; popular songs and the impact of Catholic liturgies; the roots of dances like the mambo and the cha-cha-cha; and the fate of music after the Communist revolution, when many musicians emigrated and new experimental groups were formed by Cubans on and off the island. Roy also discusses Buena Vista Social Club and the controversies stirred by the film?s nostalgic view of Cuba?s 1950s ?golden age.???Publisher?s WeeklyMaya Roy, University of Paris, has written extensively about Cuba and Caribbean identity and hosted a variety of music programs.

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With the thawing of the Cold War and the popularity of The Buena Vista Social Club record and film, Cuban music has been enjoying a resurgence around the world. This book helps explain the many ... Read full review

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