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From Ring Shout to Bomba: Ethnographic Perceptions and Approaches to Music and Religion in the Gullah/Geechee and Afro-Latin Diasporas

From Ring Shout to Bomba: Ethnographic Perceptions and Approaches to Music and Religion in the Gullah/Geechee and Afro-Latin Diasporas

by Anthony L Sánchez Cruz


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Exploring sounds of the musical rhythms of the Ring Shout and the evocative textures of the Caribbean bomba song and dance, this book presents a comparative musicological and ethnomusicological work that concentrates on the parallel diasporic aspects of history, religion, and music of the Gullah/Geechee and Afro-Latin people. From Ring Shout to Bomba documents how the Gullah/Geechee community has striven to preserve their culture and history throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It carefully investigates the transcultural links among this United States community along the "Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor" and the Afro-Latin communities from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Brazil. From Ring Shout to Bomba offers readers past and present archival and ethnographic field research related to these communities by examining their musical and religious customs. It enables audiences to explore the African connections of the Ring Shout with the Latin American and Caribbean "call and response" syncretic religious forms found in Lucumí, Candomblé, and Espiritismo. This book also discusses cultural preservation techniques and reexamines the ethical aspects of both understanding and (re)interpreting Gullah/Geechee and Afro-Latin identities. Such research presents audiences with a different perspective that adds more to the constantly evolving history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578970387
Publisher: Sceaud'or
Publication date: 03/01/2022
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Anthony L. Sánchez Cruz obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition, concentrating on Musicology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at University of Georgia. Sánchez Cruz has been a member of the American Musicological Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda. As an independent researcher, Dr. Sanchez has presented lectures in the United States and Puerto Rico related to musicology, transculturation, and music culture preservation. Publications, articles, and lectures by Dr. Sanchez include: Musical Innovations from Three Different Eras: A Collection of Essays (2012);The Jibaro and the Gaucho United in Music and Song (El jíbaro y el gaucho unidos en música y canción Spanish version, 2018; English version, 2019); "Aspects of Romanticism in the Puerto Rican Danza"; "United States and Latin American Negotiations of Racial Identity in Literature, Poetry, and Music"; "Your Voice is My Sound: Audio Recording Technology, Identity and Re-Creating the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora" (2020). Dr. Sánchez Cruz lives in Savannah, Georgia.

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