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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.