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The Artistry of Afro-Cuban Batá DrummingAesthetics, Transmission, Bonding, and Creativity$
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Kenneth Schweitzer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036699

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036699.001.0001

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The Artistry of Afro-Cuban Batá Drumming

Kenneth Schweitzer

University Press of Mississippi

This introductory chapter discusses the themes central to the book, which aims to provide a rich understanding of the many variables at work during live Lucumí performances. It presents some of the author’s own experiences with batá and with the Añá community. The chapter then describes the aesthetics of the four- to six-hour toque de santo; ethnomusicological studies of Lucumí music; the two distinct contexts in which Lucumí music flourishes: sacred and secular; and the batá in contemporary Cuba, United States, Mexico, and worldwide.

Keywords:   batá drummers, drumming, Lucumí music, toque de santo

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