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The Artistry of Afro-Cuban Batá Drumming: Aesthetics, Transmission, Bonding, and Creativity


An investigation of one of the most sophisticated, intriguing, and elusive of the world's drumming traditions
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"This book is a must-read for anyone interested in not only Afro-Cuban drumming in particular, but Afro-Cuban culture in general. It takes us fully inside the world of batá drumming and is as thorough a study as has ever been published on one of the most important musical styles of the New World. It provides us with all the components of a deep understanding of this profound tradition--historical background, cultural context, personal biographies and descriptions, and exhaustive musical transcriptions and analyses. As such, it will stand as a seminal contribution to both our understanding of the musical genre itself and to our larger awareness of Afro-Cuban culture and music. Bravo to Professor Schweitzer!"

--Michael Spiro, associate professor of music at Indiana University and renowned musician, is an Omo Obatalá and an Olu Batá.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617036699
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Series: Caribbean Studies Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Schweitzer is assistant professor and chair of music at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. His work has been published in journals such as Ethnomusicology and Music of Asia.
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