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Divine Utterances free pdf This volume explores the enduring cultural and spiritual power of the music of Afro-Cuban Santeria and the process by which it has been transformed for a secular audience. The author focuses on the integral connections between sacred music performances and the dramatizations of theatrical troupes, especially the state-sponsored Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, and examines the complex relationships involving race, politics and religion in Cuba. The music that Hagedorn describes is rooted in Afro-Cuban religious tradition and today pervades secular performances that can produce a trance in audience members in the same way as a traditional religious ceremony. Hagedorn's analysis is informed by her experiences in Cuba as a woman, scholar and apprentice bata drummer. She argues that constructions of race and gender, the politics of pre- and post-revolutionary Cuba, the economics of tourism and contemporary practices within Santeria have contributed to a blurring of boundaries between the sacred and the folkloric. As both modes now vie for primacy in Cuba's burgeoning tourist trade, what had once been the music of a marginalized group is now a cultural expression of national pride. The compact disc that accompanies the book includes examples of 20 songs to the "orichas", or Afro-Cuban deities, performed by prominent musicians, including Lazaro Ros, Francisco Aguabella, Alberto Villarreal and Zenaida Armenteros.

About Katherine J. Hagedorn

Katherine J. Hagedorn is associate professor of music at Pomona College.

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Author : Katherine J. Hagedorn
Publisher : Smithsonian Books
Data Published : 01 December 2001
ISBN : 1560989475
EAN : 9781560989479
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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