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“La Habana No Aguanta Más”: Regionalism in the Lyrics of Cuban Popular Music

“La Habana No Aguanta Más”: Regionalism in the Lyrics of Cuban Popular Music

Chapter:
(p.58) Chapter Two “La Habana No Aguanta Más”: Regionalism in the Lyrics of Cuban Popular Music
Source:
Geographies of Cubanidad
Author(s):
Rebecca M. Bodenheimer
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462395.003.0003

Chapter two elaborates on the ways regionalist tensions are performed through the lyrics of Cuban popular music, and conducts textual analyses of several songs that explicitly comment upon this issue. This chapter examines songs from three major dance music groups – Los Van Van, Orquesta Original de Manzanillo, and Adalberto Álvarez y Su Son – to demonstrate their various attitudes toward regionalism in contemporary Cuba. A song from Havana rumba group Clave y Guaguancó will also be analyzed as an example of Havana natives’ views on migration from Oriente. In addition to the use of song lyrics, the analysis draws on subjective perspectives and ethnographic observations.

Keywords:   Regionalism, Cuban dance music, Rumba, Migration, Oriente, Havana

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