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Cuban Music from A to Zby Helio Orovio
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Available in English for the first time, Cuban Music from A to Z is an encyclopedic guide to one of the worldandrsquo;s richest and most influential musical cultures. It is the most extensive compendium of information about the singers, composers, bands, instruments, and dances of Cuba ever assembled. With more than 1,300 entries and 150 illustrations, this volume is an essential reference guide to the music of the island that brought the world the danzandoacute;n, the son, the mambo, the conga, and the cha-cha-chandaacute;.
The lifeandrsquo;s work of Cuban historian and musician Helio Orovio, Cuban Music from A to Z presents the people, genres, and history of Cuban music. Arranged alphabetically and cross-referenced, the entries span from Abakuandaacute; music and dance to Eddy Zervigandoacute;n, a Cuban bandleader based in New York City. They reveal an extraordinary fusion of musical elements, evident in the unique blend of African and Spanish traditions of the son musical genre and in the integration of jazz and rumba in the timba style developed by bands like Afrocuba, Chucho Valdandeacute;sandrsquo;s Irakeke, Josandeacute; Luis Cortandeacute;sandrsquo;s ng La Banda, and the Buena Vista Social Club. Folk and classical music, little-known composers and international superstars, drums and string instruments, symphonies and theatersandmdash;itandrsquo;s all here.
"With more than 1,300 alphabetical entries (from Abakuá, a form of music that originated in Africa, to Eddy Zervigón, a New York City flutist and bandleader), this volume is a comprehensive English-language reference for anyone with an interest in Cuban music. Some of the book's entries define musical terms: cha-cha-chá, for example, is a 'song and dance style derived from a specific type of danzón known as 'danzones de neuvo rito' and influenced by the son' — danzón and son are extensively defined elsewhere. Other entries provide brief biographies of musicians and individuals who have shaped and influenced Cuban music over the course of its history. The encyclopedic organization means terms are easy to find; entries are concise but interesting and full of detail. Put together by Orovio, a musicologist and historian at the Institute of Folklore and Ethnology in Cuba, this volume is truly a 'tribute to Cuban music and its musicians.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The definitive guide to the composers, artists, bands, musical instruments, dances, and institutions of Cuban music.
About the Author
Helio Orovio is a musicologist and historian with the Institute of Folklore and Ethnology of Cubaandrsquo;s Academy of Sciences. He is the author of El bolero latina and Manduacute;sica por el caribe and the host of the Cuban television show Arte y Folklore. He is also a musician who has played with many bands including Conjunto Jovenes del Cayo.
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