"An examination of Cuban society through the music of the 1920s-30s when it began to embrace Afro-Cuban culture. Traces how the African element of Cuban society became associated with national identity. Among topics examined are carnival bands, son music, cabaret rumba, and blackface theater shows. The highly documented volume is enhanced by the inclusion of relevant legislation concerning music, and a listing of sextets in Havana between 1920-45 by barrio"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.http://www.loc.gov/hlas/
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Robin Moore is an Associate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. He has received awards including fellowships from the Rockfeller Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Humanities Center and is currently editor of the Latin American Music Review. His written work includes articles in the Cuban Studies, Ethnomusicology , Encuentro de la cultura cubana, and other journals and book anthologies.
“Moore’s fascinating and well-written study is intellectually daring in its argument, thorough in its social-historical research, and deserving of a wide audience in the social sciences.”-
--Cristobal Diaz, Fundacion Musicalia, Puerto Rico
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