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.

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Table of Contents#

Forward by Dr. Olavo Alen Rodriguezvi
Introduction1
Notation Key2
1. CUBA - A BRIEF SOCIAL HISTORY3
2. YORUBA
    The Yoruba / Bata4
    Bembe9
    Güiro13
    lyesa16
3. BANTU/CONGOLESE
    Makuta19
    Palo22
    Yuka25
4. DAHOMEY
    Dahomey28
    Arara31
    Nago34
    Vodu36
    Tumba Francesa39
    Eliance46
    Gaga49
5. CARABALI
    Abakua52
6. CONGA
    Conga de Comparsa / Conga Habanera / Conga Oriental56
7. THE RUMBA CYCLE
    Rumba/Yambü65
    Guaguanco68
    Columbia74
    Quinto78
8. BEYOND THE TRADITION82
Glossary85
Bibliography88
Recommended Listening89

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Quijada sample pack used in the audio demos