Musical Genres of Cuba

Rodriguez, Olavo Alen

Published by Mayuli Press, 2014
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Cuba is a land of music. This book describes the five basic families of Cuban music and how they developed. “Musical Genres of Cuba” discusses Son, Rumba, Danzon, Cuban song, and Punto guajiro.

You will learn how Cuban music is different than its African roots. How Spain influenced music, and what other countries played a role. Why “salsa music” wouldn’t exist without Cuban music as its roots, and many other facts.

When you are finished with the book, you will have a thorough understanding of Cuban music. This is a must read book for not only musicians and musicologists, but also anyone with an interest in Cuba. You can’t study Cuba without understanding the deep influence music played in the development of the country.

About the Author: Olavo Alén Rodríguez, PhD graduated as a pianist at the National School of Arts in Havana in 1969. He started studying musicology that year with Argeliers León. In 1977 he obtained his degree in musicology at the Humboldt University of Berlin , Germany. Months later he received the Humboldt Prize and began his PhD studies at the same university. He received his title of Doctor Philosophy in 1979. Between 1979 and 2006, Olavo founded "The Center for Research and Development of Cuban Music," and acted as its director in Havana . Olavo was then the presidential advisor at the Cuban Institute of Music and later he became a researcher at the National Music Museum in Havana. He has written several books, among which are "La Música de las Sociedades de Tumba Francesa en Cuba" Editorial Casa de las Américas La Habana, 1986, "De lo Afrocubano a la Salsa", Editorial Cubanacán, Puerto Rico, 1992, with an English version titled "From Afrocuban Music to Salsa" Editorial Piranha, Berlin, 1998 and "Pensamiento Musicológico"; Editorial Letras Cubanas, La Habana, 2006

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Title: Musical Genres of Cuba
Publisher: Mayuli Press
Publication Date: 2014
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