Divine Utterances: The Performance of Afro-Cuban Santeria
 

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Divine Utterances: The Performance of Afro-Cuban Santeria

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    In Divine Utterances, Katherine J. Hagedorn explores the enduring cultural and spiritual power of the music of Afro-Cuban Santería and the process by which it has been transformed for a secular audience. She focuses on the integral connections b......more

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In Divine Utterances, Katherine J. Hagedorn explores the enduring cultural and spiritual power of the music of Afro-Cuban Santería and the process by which it has been transformed for a secular audience. She focuses on the integral connections between sacred music performances and the dramatizations of theatrical troupes, especially the state-sponsored Conjunto Folklórico 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 a secular performances that can produce a trance in audience members in the same way as a traditional religious ceremony.

Hagedorn's analysis is deeply informed by her experiences in Cuba as a woman, scholar, and apprentice batá 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 Santería have contributed to a blurring of boundaries betwen 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 twenty songs to the orichas, or Afro-Cuban deities, performed by prominent musicians, including Lázaro Ros, Francisco Aguabella, Alberto Villarreal, and Zenaida Armenteros.

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

Author:
Hagedorn, Katherine J.
Genre:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
Audience:
Professional and scholarly
Pages:
296
Language:
English
Publisher:
Smithsonian Inst Pr
Publish Date:
09/01/2001
Copyright Year:
2001
ISBN:
9781560989479
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
1.2 lb
Height:
8.75 in
Wdth:
6.0 in
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