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Carlos Aldama's Life in Bata: Cuba, Diaspora, and the Drum

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Batá identifies both the two-headed, hourglass-shaped drum of the Yoruba people and the culture and style of drumming, singing, and dancing associated with it. This book recounts the life story of Carlos Aldama, one of the masters of the batá drum, and through that story traces the history of batá culture as it traveled from Africa to Cuba and then to the United States. For the enslaved Yoruba, batá rhythms helped sustain the religious and cultural practices of a people that had been torn from its roots. Aldama, as guardian of Afro-Cuban music and as a Santería priest, maintains the link with this tradition forged through his mentor Jesus Pérez (Oba Ilu), who was himself the connection to the preserved oral heritage of the older generation. By sharing his stories, Aldama and his student Umi Vaughan bring to light the techniques and principles of batá in all its aspects and document the tensions of maintaining a tradition between generations and worlds, old and new. The book includes rare photographs and access to downloadable audio tracks.

About the Author

Carlos Aldama is omo Añá (sworn to the drum) and a priest of Changó in the Santería religion. Born in Havana, he was a founding member of Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba, studying under its original musical director, Jesus Pérez (Oba Ilu), and later serving as musical director himself. He has worked with the National Symphony of Cuba, playwright Roberto Blanco, and Karl Marx Theatre director Alex Valdez, and has performed with Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, Lazaro Ros and Olorún, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Umi Vaughan is also omo Añá and is a priest of Ochun in the Santería religion. He is an artist and anthropologist who explores dance, creates photographs and performances, and publishes about African Diaspora culture. He is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay, and author of Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba. To learn more visit UmiArt.com

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253223784
Author:
Vaughan, Umi
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Author:
Mason, John
Author:
Aldama, Carlos
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Music-Individual Composer and Musician
Subject:
Anthropology; Caribbean; Ethnomusicology; Latin America; Music; South America
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 bandw illus.
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.9 x 6 x 0.6 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » Individual Composer and Musician
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruments » Percussion
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Latin America

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