This book, (which includes 95 tracks of examples as mp3 files), is the culmination of over twenty years of intensive study and research of all of the folkloric musical practice of Cuba.
The author is not an outside observer, but a veteran percussionist with family ties and cultural bonds to Cuba, dedicated to the study of the island's musical traditions at the source, and to sharing his knowledge with clarity, precision, and insight. The book is meant primarily for serious study by percussionists, but is also full of historical background.
It covers the rhythmic and technical details of this music with unmatched thoroughness, and puts the music in its historical, cultural, and spiritual context, deepening the experience for all users of this wonderful resource, from gigging musician to ethnomusicologist to interested listener.
Table of Contents
Forward by Olavo Alen Rodriguez vi
Notation Key 2
1. CUBA - A BRIEF SOCIAL HISTORY 3
The Yoruba / Bata 4
Tumba Francesa 39
Conga de Comparsa / Conga Habanera / Conga Oriental 56
7. THE RUMBA CYCLE
8. BEYOND THE TRADITION 82
Recommended Listening 89
Ebook and mp3 audio files of the examples.