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Geographies of CubanidadPlace, Race, and Musical Performance in Contemporary Cuba$
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Rebecca M. Bodenheimer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462395

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462395.001.0001

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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

(p.58) Chapter Two “La Habana No Aguanta Más”: Regionalism in the Lyrics of Cuban Popular Music
Geographies of Cubanidad

Rebecca M. Bodenheimer

University Press of Mississippi

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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