Selections from the influential Fernando Ortiz's publications on Afro-diasporic music and dance—now available in English
Fernando Ortiz on Music
Selected Writing on Afro-Cuban Culture
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Edited and with an Introduction by Robin D. Moore
Fernando Ortiz (1881–1969) is recognized as one of the most influential Latin American authors of the twentieth century. Although he helped establish the field of Afro-diasporic studies, his writings are still relatively unknown to the English-speaking world. In Fernando Ortiz on Music, accomplished ethnomusicologist Robin Moore has collected and translated an essential selection of Ortiz's publications. These essays on Afro-Cuban expressive culture, music and dance are now available for the first time in English.
"Two and a half times as many Africans were shipped to Cuba as to the United States. And the culture that Afro-Cubans produced—especially music, religion, and mythology—is one of the great contributions to world civilization created by the people of the New World. Nevertheless, far too many of us remain ignorant of this rich history because of language barriers. With this collection, Robin Moore introduces a new generation of American readers to the seminal work of the legendary Cuban anthropologist, Fernando Ortiz, himself a pioneer working in Cuba at a time when that society was ambivalent about its own African cultural origins and the legacies of its deep involvement with slavery. This book is must reading for any scholar of African American Studies and of the history of music."
"Editor Moore has performed a worthwhile act of homage to one of the founders of modern Afro-Cuban studies."
Robin D. Moore is a Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. He has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Humanities Center. He is the author of Nationalizing Blackness: Afrocubanismo and Artistic Revolution in Havana, 1920–1940; Music and Revolution: Cultural Change in Socialist Cuba; Music of the Hispanic Caribbean; and (with Alejandro Madrid) Danzón: Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance; and the editor of Musics of Latin America and College Music Curricula for a New Century. He is also the editor of the journal Latin American Music Review.
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Studies in Latin American and Caribbean Music, edited by Peter Manuel, aims to present interdisciplinary studies in the traditional and contemporary musics of Latin America and the Caribbean.