Roots in Reverse: Senegalese Afro-Cuban Music and Tropical Cosmopolitanism [Hardback]

Richard M. Shain (Author)

ISBN: 9780819577085 | Published by: Wesleyan University Press | Series: Music/Culture | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 216p, H229 x W152 (mm) 8 illus.

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Roots in Reverse


Roots in Reverse explores how Latin music contributed to the formation of the négritude movement in the 1930s. Taking Senegal and Cuba as its primary research areas, this work uses oral histories, participant observation, and archival research to examine the ways Afro-Cuban music has influenced Senegalese debates about cultural and political citizenship and modernity. Shain argues that the trajectory of Afro-Cuban music in twentieth century Senegal illuminates many dimensions of that nation’s cultural history such as gender relations, generational competition and conflict, debates over cosmopolitanism and hybridity, the role of nostalgia in Senegalese national culture and diasporic identities. More than just a new form of musical enjoyment, Afro-Cuban music provided listeners with a tool for creating a public sphere free from European and North American cultural hegemony.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction – Soundtrack for a Black Atlantic Chapter 1 – Kora(son): Africa and Afro-Cuban Music Chapter 2 – Havana/Paris/Dakar: Itineraries of Afro-Cuban Music Chapter 3 – Son and Sociability: Afro-Cuban Music, Gender and Cultural Citizenship, 1950s-1960s Chapter 4 – From Sabor to Sabar: The Rise of Senegalese Afro-Cuban Orchestras, 1960s-1970s Chapter 5 – ReSONances Senegalaises: Authenticity, Cosmopolitanism and the Rise of Salsa M’balax Chapter 6 – “Music Has No Borders”: The Global Marketing of a Local Music Tradition, 1990s-2006 Conclusion: Making Waves Notes Glossary Interviews Bibliography Discography Image Captions

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