This book, (which includes 95 tracks of examples as mp3 files), is the culmination of over twenty years of intensive study and research of all of the folkloric musical practice of Cuba.
The author is not an outside observer, but a veteran percussionist with family ties and cultural bonds to Cuba, dedicated to the study of the island’s musical traditions at the source, and to sharing his knowledge with clarity, precision, and insight. The book is meant primarily for serious study by percussionists, but is also full of historical background.
It covers the rhythmic and technical details of this music with unmatched thoroughness, and puts the music in its historical, cultural, and spiritual context, deepening the experience for all users of this wonderful resource, from gigging musician to ethnomusicologist to interested listener.
|Forward by Dr. Olavo Alen Rodriguez||vi|
|1. CUBA - A BRIEF SOCIAL HISTORY||3|
|The Yoruba / Bata||4|
|Conga de Comparsa / Conga Habanera / Conga Oriental||56|
|7. THE RUMBA CYCLE|
|8. BEYOND THE TRADITION||82|