A Bibliographic Guide to Afro-Latin Dance Musics, from Mambo to Salsa
By John Gray

Price: $124.95
Binding: Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-9844134-3-0
678 pages
African Diaspora Press
Pub. Date: March 2013

Music -- Ethnomusicology
Music -- Popular
Performing Arts
Area Studies -- Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Ethnic Studies -- Latino/Hispanic Studies

SERIES TITLE: Black Music Reference Series

" ... a landmark work that belongs in all music libraries and Latin American and Caribbean collections."
—Dominique-Rene de Lerma, Choice

" A critical compendium for Afro-Latin dance researchers and enthusiasts."
—Judy Quinn, Library Journal

This groundbreaking work, a companion to the author’s recent ADP title, Afro-Cuban-Music, picks up where that volume leaves off, focusing on the influence of Cuban popular music outside of the island as well as a host of new hybrid and local styles from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Latin New York. The fruit of almost two decades of research it offers the most comprehensive survey to-date of the literature on commercial Latin dance musics and the dances associated with them.

A treasure trove of information, its 5300 entries document the history and evolution of numerous lesser-known regional styles such as Colombian champeta, Puerto Rican bomba y plena and Dominican bachata along with their better-known transnational counterparts, mambo, salsa and merengue. Of particular note is Baila!’s in-depth coverage of U.S.-based Latin music scenes in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as those based in Australia, Canada, France and Germany. Valuable information may also be found on the various types of instruments used in Latin music ensembles, along with the many instructional works available on their history and performance practice.

These historical materials are complemented by a major biographical section offering material on the lives and careers of more than 1100 individual artists, dancers and others whose work has helped shape the trajectory of the music from Cubop of the 1940s to mambo and cha-cha-cha of the 1950s, pachanga and boogaloo/Latin soul of the 1960s, salsa and charanga of the 1970s, and Latin jazz of the 1980s and beyond.

Citations range in date from 1930 to 2011 and encompass materials in all major European languages, with an emphasis on English, Spanish and French.

The work concludes with an extensive reference section offering lists of Sources Consulted, a guide to relevant Libraries and Archives, two appendices listing artists and individuals by idiom/occupation and country, and separate Author and Subject indexes.

Students, scholars and librarians will find Baila! to be an essential resource on Afro-Latin expressive culture—its music and dance, language, literature, aesthetics, and more—from North and South America to Europe, Africa and Japan.

JOHN GRAY is director of the Black Arts Research Center. His previous publications include Afro-Cuban Music; Jamaican Popular Music, from Mento to Dancehall Reggae; From Vodou to Zouk; African Music; Fire Music; Blacks in Classical Music; Blacks in Film and Television; Black Theatre and Performance; and, Ashe, Traditional Religion and Healing in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora.

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