Cuban Fire

Cuban Fire

by Isabelle Leymarie




In Cuban Fire, the prize-winning author Isabelle Leymarie tells the thrilling story of popular music of Cuban origin and its major artists from the 1920s to today. Afro-Cuban music derives its richness from the fusion of many cultures. On the island of tobacco, rum and coffee, nicknamed 'The Green Caiman' because of its long and curvy shape, the wedding of sacred and secular African musical genres with Spanish and French melodies gave rise to numerous genres that have gained international fame: the son, rhumba, guaracha, conga, mambo, cha-cha-cha, pachanga and nueva timba. The history of Cuban music also unfolds in the United States, where large Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and other Hispanic communities have established themselves over the years. It was in New York, indeed, that the boogaloo, salsa and Latin jazz, created by such musicians as Machito, Mario Bauza, Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo, emerged out of contact with the Puerto Ricans and African-Americans of that city. This major reference book also deals with the incandescent rhythms of Puerto Rico and -- to a lesser degree -- Santo Domingo, which have been integrated into salsa and Latin jazz.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826465665
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

IThe roots
1From African liturgies to Creole rhythms9
Sacred music9
Traditional secular music18
The clave37
Rhythm instruments39
IIThe 1920s and 1930s: son, rumba, and conga
2Havana and Cuba44
Emergence of the Havana son50
The rise of charangas, the bolero, and the guajira68
The beginnings of jazz78
3The United States and Puerto Rico83
The awakening of the Barrio85
Music in Puerto Rico98
IIIThe 1940s and 1950s: the golden age of Cuban music
4Havana and Cuba108
From nuevo ritmo to cha-cha: the great charangas111
Updating the son121
Big bands, combos, and descargas130
Singers in Cuba142
5The United States and Puerto Rico157
Que rico el mambo!158
The Afro-Cubans165
Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, and other Latin bands174
Singers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico186
Chano Pozo and his disciples189
Expansion of Latin jazz199
IVThe 1960s: the pachanga, the boogaloo, and Latin soul
6Havana and Cuba208
The explosion of rhythms210
7The United States and Puerto Rico216
The pachanga and the boogaloo era216
Emergence of charangas228
Revival of the bomba and the plena232
Latin jazz and Latin soul238
VFrom the 1970s until today: advent of the songo
8Havana and Cuba244
Traditional music245
The songo and charangas247
The son250
The nueva timba253
The Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon256
Latin jazz258
Other bands265
9The United States and Puerto Rico267
Instrumental salsa267
The salsa vocalists289
Salsa in Puerto Rico, California, and Florida297
The merengue306
New horizons for Latin jazz315
Latin rock and Latin disco326
10The rest of the world329
Influence of Cuban and Puerto Rican music abroad329

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