Drumming For The Gods (Studies In Latin America & Car)

Velez, Maria

Editore: Temple University Press, 2000
ISBN 10: 1566397308 / ISBN 13: 9781566397308
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Riassunto: "I am Felipe Garcia Villamil" begins "Drumming for the Gods", the life history of the Afro-Cuban artist whose music has survived both political and personal upheaval. "Balogun for thirty years. Oluana, of Matanzas, Cuba, for about forty years. Omoana for almost forty-five years. OluIyesa [he who knows the secrets of the Iyesa drums]." A practitioner of sacred drumming for almost his entire life, Felipe practiced his trade in Cuba both before and after the Revolution and brought it with him to New York, where he continues to play for the gods. This book focuses on three periods of Felipe's life, each marked by changes in his personal life and by important historical events. The first period covers his formative years during which he received his initial training. Through Felipe's story, we explore the legacy of slavery in Cuba, the nature of Afro-Cuban religions and their musical traditions, and the history of bata drums. The second period covers the critical years of the Cuban Revolution. Here we see the effect of social turmoil both on music and religious practice (santero, palero, and abakua). The third period covers Felipe's life in New York as a refugee/immigrant, and the role of music in rebuilding his identity. Felipe's story illuminates his cultural practices and beliefs as well as the ways in which an individual musician selects and modifies the elements of his cultural heritage to create a voice that is personal and unique. Felipe not only lives through history but also makes history, shaping an identity that cannot be described as "Cuban immigrant," "Afro-Cuban," religious drummer," or "santeria initiate," but is composed of all of them. Through Felipe's experiences, Maria Teresa Velez reveals the interaction between social, political, economic, and cultural forces and an individual's own actions. The professionalization of musicians in Cuba following the Revolution and the plight of Afro-Cuban immigrants in New York are seen as large historical and social problems to which Felipe must personally respond. A noted ethnomusicologist, Velez provides the most insightful and comprehenisve English-language study of an individual Cuban religious drummer available. "Drumming for the Gods" is a must-read for those interested in ethnomusicology, Caribbean studies, and Afro-Cuban religions and culture. Author note: Maria Theresa Velez is a freelance ethnomusicologist.

Dall'editore: The world through the eyes of a master religious drummer

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Titolo: Drumming For The Gods (Studies In Latin ...
Casa editrice: Temple University Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2000
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