Origins of Cuban Music and Dance: Changüí (Hardcover)

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Origins of Cuban Music and Dance: Chang is the first in-depth study of chang , a style of music and dance in Guant namo, Cuba. Chang is analogous to blues in the United States and is a crucible of Cuban Creole culture. Benjamin Lapidus describes chang and its relationship to the roots of son, Cuba's national genre and the style of music that contributed to the development of salsa, in Eastern Cuba. He also highlights the connections between Afro-Haitian music and Cuban popular music through chang , connections with the Caribbean that have been largely overlooked in the past. After an initial historical discussion about the region of Guant namo and the inter-connectedness of its various musical styles with a focus on chang , Lapidus discusses the technical aspects of the genre as practiced within the region and beyond. He considers the socio-historical importance of its lyrics, presenting numerous musical transcriptions that explain how the music is structured, as well as providing background stories to songs. In a chapter unique to this book and a first in Cuban musicology and ethnography, Lapidus describes years of festivals and musical competitions to show how local musical identity takes shape, particularly when encountering national narratives of music history. The volume concludes with a comparison between chang and son, as well as a bibliography, discography, and videography.

About the Author

Benjamin Lapidus is assistant professor of music at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. He has published in Ethnomusicology, Latin Beat Magazine, and the Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780810862043
ISBN-10: 0810862042
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Publication Date: October 17th, 2008
Pages: 222
Language: English