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The Politics of Place and National Traditions: Race, Regionalism, and the Relationship between Rumba and Son

The Politics of Place and National Traditions: Race, Regionalism, and the Relationship between Rumba and Son

Chapter:
(p.204) Chapter Six The Politics of Place and National Traditions: Race, Regionalism, and the Relationship between Rumba and Son
Source:
Geographies of Cubanidad
Author(s):
Rebecca M. Bodenheimer
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462395.003.0007

The book’s final chapter returns to the relationship between eastern and western Cuba, and the discussion of regionalism more broadly. It takes up an exploration of how historic regional inequalities and the overall hegemony of Havana-based and western Cuban traditions may have informed the scholarship on the two most important national music traditions, son (from Oriente) and rumba (from western Cuba). Specifically, the chapter argues that rumba has been discussed as the more “authentic” of the two because of its heavier African influence, while sonhas long been considered the quintessential example of cultural hybridity, and thus less “pure.”

Keywords:   Son, Rumba, Regionalism, Hybridity, Oriente

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