Publication Date

1-1-1998

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Villanueva, Margaret

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Department

Department of Anthropology

Abstract

This paper will provide the reader with an overview of popular Cuban music and dance forms as well as an understanding of how the island’s history of cultural diversity has empowered its music to become an influential component to all of Latin music. In particular, African cultural elements that have effected Cuba’s popular culture as well as its national identity will be discussed. Beginning with African tribal influences as well as other cultural elements, known prior to the abolition of slavery, the paper will move into the post-slavery evolution of Cuba’s popular culture. From there, several of Cuba’s popular music and dance forms will be presented in more detail, including African traits apparent in each. Afrocubanism and Cuban national dance will be discussed in order to better understand the importance of the island’s rich African heritage in today’s national consciousness. In the discussion, I will consider the importance of all of these aspects and discuss why it is important to learn about the island’s history and Africa’s contribution to it.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

23 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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